If you regularly experience joint pain due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or another condition, you can use a combination of medication and physical therapy to treat it.
On the medication side, over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil® or Aleve® can provide relief. If you need something stronger, your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants or antidepressants. Steroid injections also are an option for temporary relief.
“The course of treatment usually depends on the cause of the joint pain,” says Brian C. Schafer, MD, orthopedic surgeon who practices at Saint Francis Medical Center. “If you suffer from arthritis, for example, you might benefit from a cream that relieves pain.”
Physical therapy can help strengthen your muscles to provide more stability. Swimming, in particular, has been shown to relieve pressure on the joints.
For more information on treatment options for joint pain, call 573-331-3000.