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What are the medicines available for Osteoarthritis?

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I would like to know about the tests that are available for the diagnosis of Osteoarthritis, what are the drugs and medicines available for the treatment of Osteoarthritis, can you tell me about these medicines?

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  1. Tom Reeds

    Patients that have mild Osteoarthritis might be treated with the pain relievers like acetaminophen(i-e Tylenol). Most of the patients with Osteoarthritis are given nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(NSAIDs). These medicines include ibuprofen like Motrin, Advil, Ketoprofen, Orudis and Naproxen. NSAIDs also have the advantage of relieving the inflammation and the pain as well. Patients who take NSAIDSs might experience the side effects that include stomach ulcers, sensitivity to the exposure of the sun, disturbances in the kidney and depression. The tropical capsaicin cream might provide relief when applied to the affected areas.
    Some OA patients are treated with corticosteroids, which are injected directly into the joints to reduce inflammation. As of 2001, studies were being conducted regarding the use of hyaluronic acid, which is more commonly injected into the knee. Because the joint naturally contains some hyaluronic acid (for joint lubrication), the addition of extra hyaluronic acid can protect the joint, in some cases, for six months to one year.
    There might be the need of proper physical exam that shows the following:
    Movement of the joint that might cause a cracking sound
    Swelling of the bone which is around the joints.
    Limited range of motion
    Tenderness when the joint is pressed
    The normal movement of joint is often painful.
    Blood tests are often not helpful in the diagnosis of Osteoarthritis.
     

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