Some advanced cases of osteoarthritis may require higher strength pain killers than can be offered over the counter at a drugstore. In some cases, a doctor may give a patient prescription strength pain killers, such as NSAIDs or acetaminophen. Prescriptions should be taken only when prescribed specifically by a doctor and, in the case of osteoarthritis patients, should be combined with long-term lifestyle changes.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a crippling condition, preventing the usual activities of walking, exercise and often resting without pain. The construction of an individualized exercise program featuring muscle strengthening, balance and flexibility can do much to improve function in this condition, and should be incorporated into the treatment…