What are the effective treatments for arthritis?

Treatment for arthritis varies greatly, depending mainly on the type of arthritis in question as well as on the individual and the severity of the condition. The types of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, both of which are quite common, as well as psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, septic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, gout, and pseudogout.

You have not mentioned what type of arthritis you are suffering from, and neither have you provided any description of your symptoms, so it is extremely difficult to suggest any particular course of action for you. In general however, diet modification, exercise, physical therapy, and drug therapy are commonly used to treat arthritis. If your condition is mild, you can avoid drugs and obtain sufficient relief by controlling your diet, exercising regularly, and undergoing some form of physical therapy. Weight loss and exercise are particularly important in order the slow down the deterioration of the joints. However, you should consult your doctor before undertaking any course of action, as there is a chance that you will end up worsening the problem. Only your doctor will be able to guide you regarding physical therapy and drugs, and it is best to take his recommendations on your diet and exercise as well.

answered by G M

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