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:
Physical or occupational therapy
Splints or joint assistive aids
Patient education and support
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.