The objective of the treatment is to avoid or reduce pain and improve mobility. To treat osteoarthritis, the medical specialist will recommend the patient a series of exercises to be performed which are adapted to their situation and abilities, often with the help of a physiotherapist.
Pharmacological treatment: In most cases anti-inflammatories or analgesics are prescribed to reduce swelling and therefore pain. Chondroprotective medications may also be prescribed which may slow the progression of the disease.
Surgical treatment: osteoarthritis in very advanced stages may require prosthetic surgery.