Treatment of osteoarthritis in the knee or in the hip, step by step

  1. Make sure that you are as active as you can be.
  2. Do physical exercise recommended by a doctor, or a physical therapist.
  3. Go for conservative treatments, if necessary (physical therapy, hydrotherapy, etc.).
  4. If you are overweight, try to reduce your weight.
  5. Use a cane, a crutch or other means to help you in movement.
  6. Take medication to relieve the pain, as recommended by your physician.
  7. Try injections of steroids, and/or hyaluronic acid, as recommended by your physician.
  8. Surgery – replace the damaged joint by an artificial joint.
  9. Contact your physician in any event of pain that does not react to treatment, redness, swelling, heat, discharge.