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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Management of Osteoarthritis

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! I have osteoarthritis and nothing is helping to treat and relieve my pain.
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    Dr Robert Wood

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Robert Wood is an Orthopaedic surgeon currently consulting at the Geelong Private Medical Centre and St. Vincent's Private Hospital, Werribee. He operates at St ... View Profile

    There are several treatments and lifestyle modifications that can help you ease your pain and symptoms. 1. Medications: Pain-relieving medications such as NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors and opioids may be prescribed. Topical medications such as ointments can be applied over the skin where there is pain. If the pain is very severe, corticosteroid injection can be given directly into the affected joint to ease the pain. 2. Other Treatments: Your physiotherapist will teach you exercises to keep joints flexible and improve muscle strength. Heat/cold therapy which involves applying heat or cold packs to the joints provides temporary pain relief. Lifestyle modifications can be done to control weight and avoid extra stress on the weight-bearing joints. 3. Surgery: Hip joint replacement surgery is considered as an option when the pain is so severe that it affects your ability to carry out normal activities.

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