Answers to Common Elbow Osteoarthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about elbow osteoarthritis.

What are some non-surgical treatment options?

Exercise and physical therapy are effective ways to treat osteoarthritis, and while joint surgery is an option, it is considered by most healthcare professionals as a last resort, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon (AF).

Medication is another common way to treat osteoarthritis, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAOS). Over-the-counter medications called anti-inflammatory drugs, include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, can be helpful in treating osteoarthritis, according to the AAOS.

Injections of cortisone are an effective treatment, and while viscosupplementation is helpful, that treatment is only performed on the knee, according to the AAOS.

For more information about osteoarthritis treatments, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Mark Zunkiewicz, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Anthony Checroun, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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