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Treatment for Arthritis: therapy, supplement, medication

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What treatments , medications, or nutritional supplements can effectively help me manage arthritis in my knees? Do you know of exercises, or of therapies that help arthritis?

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replied April 5th, 2007
Arthritis Answer A2528
The type of treatments , medications, or nutritional supplements that will work effectively to help manage arthritis depend upon what kind of arthritis of the knees (gonarthritis) you are experiencing.

If arthritis is due to gonarthrosis, or a degenerative disorder of the knees, the condition usually progresses to complete immobility. The only cure in such cases is a knee replacement. Anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers can be given to relieve the pain. Supplements that include cartilage building elements such as chondroitin sulphate and hialuronic acid can be used for the regeneration of the joint’s cartilage. These supplements can be taken orally or injected directly into the knee joints.

Arthritis can be also due to autoimmune inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is an example of joint inflammation due to an autoimmune condition. In such cases, doctors recommend anti-inflammatory drugs (corticosteroids, NSAID), painkillers and immuno-modulators (metotrexate, cyclosporine etc). In cases of autoimmune arthritis, drugs can slow down the progression of the disease. A knee replacement remains as a final solution, again.

Bacterial infection is a rare cause of arthritis. Antibiotics are given for bacterial arthritis.

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