Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

DJD Treatment

Treatment for osteoarthritis includes warm compresses, exercise, muscle strengthening, and weight loss. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroid medications reduce pain and swelling. The treatment for severe osteoarthritis may include joint replacement surgery.

Treatment options for osteoarthritis include:

DJD Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for osteoarthritis complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

DJD Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat osteoarthritis:

DJD Surgery

Surgery may be required for those with severe osteoarthritis.

Surgery for Osteoarthritis

  • Arthrodesis for osteoarthritis:
    • The fusion of two adjacent bones, in order to stabilize a joint; commonly performed in the spine.
  • Arthroplasty for osteoarthritis:
    • Replacement of a diseased joint with a prosthetic or artificial joint
  • Osteotomy for osteoarthritis:
    • Removal of a portion of bone to better realign the joint
  • Resection for osteoarthritis:
    • Removal of a portion of diseased bone
  • Debridement for osteoarthritis:
    • Removal of dead or diseased joint tissue

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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