Is surgery the only option for osteoarthritis?


No, surgery is not the only option for osteoarthritis. In fact, surgery is usually considered a last resort for treating osteoarthritis, after other non-surgical treatments have been tried and found to be ineffective.

There are several non-surgical treatments that can help manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis, including:

  1. Lifestyle modifications, such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and avoiding activities that aggravate the affected joints.
  2. Physical therapy, which can help improve strength and flexibility in the affected joints.
  3. Medications, including over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and prescription medications, such as corticosteroids and hyaluronic acid injections.
  4. Assistive devices, such as braces, splints, and shoe inserts, can help support and protect the affected joints.
  5. Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and massage therapy, may provide some relief for some people.

Surgery may be necessary in severe cases where non-surgical treatments are no longer effective. Some surgical options for osteoarthritis include joint replacement surgery, arthroscopy, and osteotomy. However, the decision to undergo surgery should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional and based on individual needs and circumstances.

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