When osteoarthritis interferes with activities of daily living or nothing relieves the pain, consideration for surgery is always an option. One of the most common surgeries is to remove the damaged joint and replace it with an artificial one. This is called total joint replacement surgery. Another technique that is being tested is a resurfacing of the diseased portion of the joint instead of replacing the entire joint.
Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, living with the pain is made easier with a combination of treatments depending on the severity of the disease. Consult your healthcare provider for the best option for you and your lifestyle.
New studies are being conducted every day to find new treatment options and to find the cause. But the best treatment is to take care of your joints today, so they can take care of you tomorrow!