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Management and Prevention


The focus of treatment for arthritis is to control pain, minimize joint damage, and improve or maintain function and quality of life.

According to the American College of Rheumatology, the treatment of arthritis might involve the following:

  • Medications
  • Nonpharmacologic therapies
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Splints or joint assistive aids
  • Patient education and support
  • Weight loss
  • Surgery

In conjunction with medical treatment, self-management of arthritis symptoms is very important as well.

There are a number of physical activity programs that also support self-management. The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program and Walk with Ease are all examples of programs designed to help people with arthritis increase their physical activity.



Health Promotion and Chronic Disease
350 Capitol Street, Room 514  Charleston, WV 25301-3715
Ph: (304) 356-4193 Fx: (304) 558-1553