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Osteo or Rheumatoid?
R-A, even in advanced stages, can be managed through medications like Remicade (Infliximab) if it gets to that level of severity. My former boss has severe R-A, but Remicade every couple months keeps her from losing any ability. She wasn't able to grip a doorknob or walk up a single stair before the treatments. Now, you'd hardly know she has R-A at all.
If you're like me and have O-A, then the options are different. Depending on the level of cartilage degredation, OTC meds like NSAIDS in conjunction with glucosamine and chondroitin, or MSM may prove beneficial. In further advanced stages, you may need to opt for hyaluronic injections, or in the case of bone spurs (which start forming when the cartilage is worn away and you get bone/bone interaction) the option might be surgery to remove the spurs.
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