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The type of treatment you will receive for your osteoarthritis (OA) is determined by which joint in the body has been affected, the symptoms you are showing and their severity. There are two types of treatments - non-surgical and surgical - and it can take one or a combination of treatments to allow you to live as near a life as possible to before you were diagnosed with OA.
To help your GP decide what treatments are suitable for you, they will need to look at your circumstances. For example, will maintaining a healthy weight by exercising regularly be helpful? Will medication be useful for pain relief? Or will supportive therapies make living with the condition easier? Your occupation and leisure activities will also be taken into consideration.
In certain cases, surgery to repair, replace or strengthen affected joints may be the most suitable form of treatment. However, your GP will only resort to surgery if other treatments have not been effective.
You may find the following information useful which relate to the treatment options available for osteoarthritis of the knee:
- OATechNetwork public patient portal
- Arthritis Research UK: Osteoarthritis in General Practice, Data & Perspectives
- The Global Economic Cost of Osteoarthritis: How the UK Compares - Chen et al, 2012 Economic costs, UK
- NICE Pathway: Osteoarthritis: Care and Management
- NHS: Osteoarthritis Decision Aid Process Explained
- OARSI guidelines for the non-surgical management of knee osteoarthritis, January 2014
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