Learn to Live a Full Life
Joint pain is common, but you shouldn’t have to “just live” with pain as you get older. Even though there is no cure for osteoarthritis (OA), there are many options to help you manage OA pain. The question is which options are evidence-based and which are questionable treatments? Fortunately, the OA Action Alliance has created a webpage to help you make this determination. Here is a summary of Recommended Treatments for OA:
On the other hand, there is little scientific evidence that the following Alternative Treatments are effective or safe to address OA pain:
- CBD products
- Glucosamine supplements
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Fish oil
- Herbal treatments
Please note, combining any medications (over-the-counter or prescription) carries risk. It is important that you discuss any non-prescribed medications or supplements with your healthcare provider.
It was scary getting back to exercise and daily walking. I shuddered at the idea of the word exercise, but I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror. I didn’t like the way I started to feel sluggish, tired, and in pain. I remembered how I felt without all the weight and I wanted that feeling again. They say, for every pound you lose, it takes 4 lbs off your knees. I can feel the difference when I walk and manage my weight.
–Denise Allen (Individual with OA)