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Arthritis Treatment Options

There are three basic categories of treatments. But often the care for arthritis involves more than one type of treatment.

To find the best treatment options for you please consult your doctor.

Exercise
There is some limited evidence that appropriately-designed exercise programs can decrease the pain of hip arthritis, in particular earlier stages of the condition. In general, staying fit and height-weight proportional also are helpful.

To keep the body moving and flexible it is important to do regular exercises. It may lessen pain, increase movement, reduce fatigue, and helps you look and feel better. Joint and muscle exercises could help to improve strength and flexibility

Joints can be protected by learning to use them in ways that avoid excess stress. One way of doing this is to avoid using sore and weak joints. Unless larger joints are sore, for example, it is best to use them when carrying heavy items.

The second method is walking with assistive devices like a cane.

Reducing weight helps ease pain by reducing stress on your joints.

Medication
Many drugs, both prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, are used to treat arthritis. Common medications are aspirin-free pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, disease modifiers, and sleep medications.
Narcotic painkiller in general should be avoided for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip.

Surgery
Hip replacement is a surgical procedure that decreases pain and improves the quality of life in many patients with severe arthritis of the hips. Most people will not need surgery, but in many cases surgery may be effective in reducing or eliminating pain when other treatment methods have failed.

Surgeons have performed hip replacements for over five decades, generally with excellent results; most reports have ten-year success rates in excess of 90 percent. New procedures help to lessen postoperative pain, to reduce recovery period and to have a shorter hospital stay.
There are various websites as "The Arthritis Foundation" and "American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons", that contain many articles and patient education information that you may find helpful as well.

The Arthritis Foundation
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons