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Treatment & Therapy for Osteoarthritis

Annotation:National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health - Explanations of common osteoarthritis treatments. Also listed are 5 questions to ask your doctor.

Annotation:American Academy of Family Physicians - This site offers information on causes, diagnosis and treatment options for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Annotation:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons -This is a brief discussion of the treatment in which hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee joint.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - This article provides a good explanation for why it’s done, preparation for the procedure and what to expect.

Annotation:NIH Senior Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - Consumer health information on exercise, medications, and surgery as part of a treatment program. Online videos are also available.

Annotation:UpToDate - Comprehensive information on pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies.

Annotation:Agency for Healthcare, Research, and Quality - A consumer summary guide describing different kinds of pain relievers, their benefits, and their risks. Check the following item for more information on the risk of acetaminophen (the main ingredient e.g. of Tylenol®).

Annotation:U.S. Food and drug Administration (FDA) - There are about 600 products that contain acetaminophen, including cough and cold products and sleep aids, as well prescription pain relievers. The FDA warns consumers that all over-the-counter pain relievers should be taken with care to avoid serious problems that can occur with misuse.

Annotation:Arthritis Foundation - A research update based on a 2008 study that showed that hip replacement at any age increased physical function and self-care ability.

Annotation:Arthritis Foundation - A research update on a study which found a way to improve the lifetime of titanium joints by promoting a better connection with bone.

Annotation:OrthoInfo, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Designed for the layperson, this article describes three types of knee surgery, arthroscopy, osteotomy and arthroplasty.

Annotation:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - The page provides links to articles on non-surgical options for OA, including exercise and rehabilitation treatment options. Limited information also available in Spanish.

Annotation:Cleveland Clinic - Examples of osteoarthritis non-drug therapies.

Annotation:Arthritis Foundation - An overview of alternative therapies for treatment of osteoarthritis.

Annotation:National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health - This is a good presentation of issues to consider when thinking about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Annotation:National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health - People experiencing chronic pain often turn to complementary and alternative medicine for relief. This article highlights the research status for various CAM therapies used for pain control. Also included are guidelines for those considering CAM for common types of chronic pain.

Annotation:Arthritis Today, Arthritis Foundation - A guide to the basics about supplements including how they differ from drugs, buying tips, and safety. Lists supplements to avoid and information on individual botanicals.

Annotation:National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH - This article discusses federal regulation of nutritional supplements, sources of reliable information on supplements, and safety concerns.

Annotation:National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health - Included in this excellent article is information on treatment options including a description of how acupuncture works, how to find a practitioner, and what to expect from a treatment session.

Annotation:Mayo Clinic - The gentle movements of tai chi reduce stress and offer other health benefits.

Annotation:Tai Chi & Qi Gong for Health and Well-Being - An educational video that features tai chi and qi gong as an activity to enhance wellness.

Annotation:Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center - Physical activity is an important part of arthritis treatment. This article includes relevant questions to ask when considering a yoga class, what poses should not be done, what the benefits of yoga are, and what to expect in the class.


Visit the PlaneTree Health Information Center online: http://sccl.org/services/planetree NOTE: This information should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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