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Treatment and management of arthritis depends on the type and severity of the condition.
Goals of treatment of arthritis include:
Common treatments that are applicable for most forms of arthritis include:
Patients may undergo surgery to restore function or to relieve pain and sometimes to introduce prosthetic joint replacements for better mobility. The therapy plan is developed in conjunction with the patient and a multidisciplinary team.
Drugs are used in many forms of arthritis. The type of drug depends on the condition and on the individual patient. Most of these drugs do not provide a cure but rather limit the symptoms. One of the exceptions is arthritis that is caused by an infection, in which antibiotics can cure the condition.
Medications that may be used in various types of arthritis include: