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Treatment for Osteoarthritis

By Emily Lockhart

Surgery

As a final resort, when osteoarthritis pain is so intense that it encumbers lifestyle and cannot be relieved with any other treatment, doctors may consider the following surgeries:

1. Arthroscopic Surgery
Typically performed on knees and shoulders of OA sufferers, Arthroscopy surgery removes and cleans the damaged cartilage from around the joint and repairs surrounding tissues.

2. Joint Replacement
This surgery invasively replaces the damaged joint with an artificial one and is only considered when OA pain inhibits function and quality of life. In many cases, an artificial joint will diminish pain and return basic movement and function to the joint. The most common joint replacements are hips and knees, but elbows, ankles, fingers, and shoulders can also be replaced.

Emily Lockhart

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Emily Lockhart is a certified yoga instructor and personal trainer. She believes that being healthy is a lifestyle choice, not a punishment or temporary fix to attain a desired fitness or body image goal. Anna helps her clients take responsibility for their own health and wellness through her classes and articles on ActiveBeat.

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