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For many people, degenerative joint disease treatment involves a combination of options. However, the right mix of treatments looks a little bit different for every patient. For instance, some people need only an occasional aspirin when pain levels are at their highest, while others need to take prescription painkillers on a regular basis. Working with a physician can be highly beneficial when exploring treatment options, as can remaining patient and persisting through the trial and error phase.
Therapies to consider when beginning treatment
The first types of degenerative joint disease treatment that many people consider include:
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen and aspirin
- Short-term rest and activity modification (avoiding any movements that make the pain worse)
- Periodic applications of heating pads and/or ice packs
- Stretching and low-impact cardiovascular exercise (e.g., daily walks or Pilates classes)
- Physical therapy
Some people also explore complementary and alternative therapies, which fall outside of the realm of traditional medicine but can still provide a number of pain relief benefits. These options include:
- Herbal supplements
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Therapeutic massage
These therapies are not designed to be used alone, but rather as part of a multidimensional treatment plan. For instance, a person might take prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications as prescribed by his or her physician, attend weekly physical therapy sessions and go to a chiropractor twice a month. This is only one example. There are many different combinations that people can explore as they work to manage their degenerative joint disease symptoms.
Surgery as another treatment option
If traditional and complementary therapies do not produce the desired results, surgery might become an option. While many individuals do not need surgical intervention, it can provide much-needed relief when other treatments are found to be ineffective.
At USA Spine Care, we perform minimally invasive outpatient surgery for patients who have not achieved adequate relief through nonsurgical degenerative joint disease treatment. In these procedures, muscles are separated rather than cut. Patients are up and walking on the same day as their surgery and they have given USA Spine Care a recommendation score of 98 out of 100.^ To find out if you are a candidate, contact us today.
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