Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for osteoarthritis, but movement is often the best medicine. Physicians at The Spine & Pain Center recommend physical activity to increase blood flow to the diseased area in order to relieve pain. Endorphins released during exercise may provide a pain-reducing effect in addition to helping patients keep off excess weight that puts pressure on the bones and joints. Biking and swimming are great low-impact sports that are easier on the joints.
Other options for treating osteoarthritis include steroid injections that are administered directly into the joint. This method combines an anesthetic and a steroid solution that can soothe any inflammation caused by osteoarthritis. Physicians at Tulsa Spine & Pain Center are trained to help osteoarthritis patients regain their range of motion and reduce their pain.