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Osteoarthritis Alternatives
People with the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, frequently turn to complementary or alternative therapies.
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage (which normally cushions the joint and protects it from impact) erodes.

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Arthritis Overview
The condition that we commonly refer to as arthritis includes a number of diseases that result in inflammation, pain and stiffness, primarily in the joints and connective tissues.
Arthritis-Related Headaches
Headaches associated with arthritis (also called cervical headaches) are caused by arthritis in the neck and spine.
Symptoms And Signs
Arthritis symptoms and signs vary according to the type and severity of the condition.
Diagnosis
In most cases, arthritis is diagnosed after an individual contacts his or her health care professional because chronic pain has begun to interfere with daily life.

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Specialists And Support Services
In addition to your primary care physician or your general practitioner, you may have occasion to consult with specialists. A rheumatologist is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and related disorders.
Osteoarthritis Alternatives
People with the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, frequently turn to complementary or alternative therapies.
Arthritis Medications
Until recently, conventional medical treatment for arthritic conditions relied on two categories of medications: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and disease-modifying drugs.
Treatment
Initial treatment options for most forms of arthritis include medications to reduce pain and swelling, exercise, as well as other lifestyle modifications, and supportive procedures.
Surgery
For the vast majority of people who suffer with arthritis, surgery is seldom necessary. But when all else fails, orthopedic surgery can reduce pain and increase mobility significantly.


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