Medical Treatments for Osteoarthritis Pain
Primary care doctors, physical therapists and orthopaedists can play an important role in treating osteoarthritis. Here’s the latest evidence on a growing range of options for treating OA pain, including topicals, pills, injectables, physical therapy, orthotic, brace care and more.
Physical Therapy (PT)
Joint Alignment Devices
Guidelines from ACR and OA Research Society International (OARSI, 2014) suggest considering them an option for people with lower-limb OA. They advise people to get a biomechanical evaluation from an appropriate specialist – usually a physical therapist.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Pills and Topicals
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Capsaicin cream, gel or patch
Opioid and narcotic analgesics
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
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