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Osteoarthritis Treatment Overview

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Care Plan


First steps to consider

  • Mild to moderate pain can be treated at home.
  • Ice, OTC pain relievers, ACE wrapping, and gentle stretching and strengthening exercises help reduce stiffness and weakness.

When you may need a provider

  • Pain is moderate to severe
  • Home treatments are not helping with pain after about 4–8 weeks or your pain is interfering with everyday activities.

Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe joint swelling, redness, and warmth
  • Severe pain when trying to move the joint
  • Unable to put weight on the affected joint

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