Doctors consider both OA and RA to be chronic conditions. Nothing can eliminate
the joint pain associated with arthritis or keep it from returning. However,
there are ways to manage the pain:
It may help to use topical pain relievers or take nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Stay physically active and follow a fitness program focusing on moderate
Stretch before exercising to maintain a good range of motion in your joints.
Keep your body weight within a healthy range. This will lessen stress on the
If your pain isn’t due to arthritis, you can try taking a nonprescription,
anti-inflammatory drug, getting a massage, taking a warm bath, stretching
frequently, and getting adequate rest.
Your treatment options will depend on the cause of the pain. In some cases,
your doctor will need to draw out accumulated fluid in the joint area. They
might also recommend surgery to replace the joint.
Other nonsurgical treatment methods could include lifestyle changes or
medications that can potentially cause your RA to go into remission. In the
case of RA, your doctor will first address inflammation. Once the RA goes into
remission, your medical treatment will focus on keeping a tight rein on your
condition so that you avoid flare-ups.