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Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: Looking for a treatment of arthritis. I have been tested and have osteoarthritis in both my thumbs, my elbow and my knee.
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Answered by Dr. Klarida Papaqako 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Steps of management of your osteoarthritis.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thank you for using Healthcaremagic to post your health query.
I read carefully your question and I understand your concern.

Here are the steps of treating the arthritis in the thumbs:
- Take a painkiller regularly. I would suggest first Ibuprofen 400mg 3 times/day and if it is not helpful than you can take something stronger or add something to this one. The reason why it needs to be taken regularly is because except reliving the pain, we want also to decrease the inflammation.
- Apply local analgesic cream which will top up the anti inflammatory effect.
- Try to keep the thumbs moving, but without overusing. If your insurance covers seeing a physical therapist, they would recommend specific exercises who would be helpful.
- If any of these steps is not enough helpful, then you can consider again the steroid injections.

Hope this is helpful.
Let me know if you need more clarifications.

Regards,
Dr. Papaqako

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