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Even though there is no cure for osteoarthritis, treatment can help reduce your symptoms and make it possible for you to lead a full and active life.
The goals of treatment are to:
Treatment is based on:
Treatment for mild to moderate arthritis
In most cases, people who have mild to moderate arthritis can manage their symptoms for many years with a treatment plan that may include:
Some people with arthritis also feel down or depressed. They may describe this as feeling "depressed," "unhappy," "short-tempered," "blue," or "down in the dumps." If you feel like this most of the time, tell your doctor. Treating these symptoms may help you feel better and make it easier for you to do your daily tasks.
Treatment if arthritis gets worse
If the pain and stiffness from arthritis don't get better or they get worse, your doctor may recommend:
If your pain is very bad, you may decide to have surgery to replace the joint. Or you may decide to have some other kind of surgery that can help keep your joints moving well and prevent your arthritis from getting worse.
Some types of surgery include:
For help deciding whether to have joint replacement surgery, see:
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