Our Queens osteoarthritis specialists use a variety of treatment approaches for this disease, including pharmaceutical, non-pharmaceutical, and surgical treatments.
Medications such as acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and duloxetine are often used to treat this disease. Acetaminophen and NSAIDs are commonly used to relieve pain for a wide range of medical conditions; duloxetine, while standardly prescribed as an antidepressant, is also used to relieve chronic pain.
Non-pharmaceutical approaches to osteoarthritis include weight loss, exercise, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which relieves pain using a low-voltage electrical current. A physical therapist can help guide and ease you into physical activities that can help relieve pain over time.
If none of these treatments provide effective or lasting relief for your osteoarthritis pain, however, your doctor may recommend one of several potential procedures, including injections of a corticosteroid or joint lubricant, bone realignment, or joint replacement surgery.