Conventional Conservative Treatment for Osteoarthritis

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Conventional Conservative Treatment for Osteoarthritis






Today’s episode is about conventional conservative treatment of osteoarthritis.
The long and short is that treatment for osteoarthritis hasn’t changed much in 50 years.
We start out with non-medicine approaches including lifestyle changes such as weight loss if indicated,
patient education, social support, assistive devices such as canes, walkers, and braces, and physical therapy.
Medical management consists of analgesics (pain relievers), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (either oral or topical),
and injections of glucocorticoids (“cortisone”) or viscosupplements (lubricants).
When these no longer work, surgical alternatives such as joint replacement with its attendant risks have been used.
Fortunately, with the advent of mesenchymal stem cells, there may be another option.

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