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Osteoarthritis (cont.)

Medical Treatment

The overall goal of treatment is early elimination of risk factors, early diagnosis and surveillance of the disease, and appropriate treatment of pain. It's also important to help people regain their mobility. These goals may be reached through a logical approach to care including the overlapping of treatment that does not involve medications and treatment with medication and possibly surgical management.

Treatment that does not involve medications includes education, physical and occupational therapy, weight reduction, exercise, and assistive devices (orthoses).

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common articular disease worldwide, affecting over 20 million individuals in the United States alone.

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