Each kind of arthritis is treated differently, but there are some common treatment choices. Proper rest, exercise, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and learning the right way to use and protect your joints are key to living with any kind of arthritis. The correct shoes and a cane can help with pain in the feet, knees, and hips when walking. You can also find gadgets to help you open jars and bottles or to turn the door knobs in your house more easily.

There are a variety of medicines that can help with the pain and swelling of arthritis. Acetaminophen can be used to ease arthritis pain. Some NSAIDS, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are sold over the counter, while others require a prescription.

For patients with rheumatoid arthritis additional prescriptions are often needed. Patients are closely monitored by their provider while taking these medications. Some of these medicines are administered through IV’s or injections.