Medications for the Management of Osteoarthritis

Not everyone with osteoarthritis needs medication, but several drug treatments are available that may help to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis. In the following few paragraphs we have summarised the information that is currently available on the drug treatments of osteoarthritis.

Painkillers

To relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis the use of paracetamol is commonly recommended. 

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Exercise

It is worth remembering that NICE recommends exercise as a core treatment for osteoarthritis, as the pain associated with the condition is often the result of joint instability and muscle weakness; by gradually strenghtening the muscles around the affected joints, the pain eases. The type of exercise that is best for you will depend on the level of your pain, your current level of fitness and and any other health problems you may have. Always speak to your doctor or a qualified exercise professional before undertaking exercise.

Better Bones is currently developing an Osteoarthritis exercise programme. Expected launch date is Spring 2015.