Other Treatments for Osteoarthritis
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
Application of Heat and Cold
Assistive Devices and Splints
- A cane, walker, or crutches may help mobility with hip or knee OA by redistributing body weight to the less affected joints.
- Splints or braces help to properly align joints and distribute weight.
- Orthotic shoe inserts or special shoes may provide some relief while you are doing daily activities or exercising.
- Balneotherapy—use of hot and cold baths
- Relaxation therapy—techniques used to reduce stress
- Massage therapy—touch-based therapy to relax your mind and your muscles
- Yoga—use of poses and breathing techniques to increase flexibility and reduce stress
- Tai chi—martial art form that uses dance-like moves to increase physical endurance and promote emotional well-being
ACR issues recommendations on therapies for osteoarthritis of the hand, hip, and knee. Am Fam Physician. 2013;87(7):515-516.
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Degenerative joint disease of the knee. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated November 25, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2014.
Osteoarthritis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Osteoarthritis/default.asp. Updated August 2013. Accessed December 1, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/01/2014 -
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