Is there a cure for osteoarthritis?

10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Osteoarthritis
By Kathleen Hall

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. Nearly 14 percent of U.S. adults have osteoarthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It affects women more than men and is a leading cause of disability. The classic signs of osteoarthritis are pain — particularly with activity — as well as swelling and stiffness in the joints.

If you suspect you have osteoarthritis, these questions for your doctor may be helpful:

Is there a drug that will cure or stop osteoarthritis?

There’s no medicine to put joints back together, and no way to medically stop the progression of osteoarthritis or return joints to a healthy state, says Matthew Husa, MD, assistant professor in the division of immunology and rheumatology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Finding a drug treatment for osteoarthritis is a hot research pursuit right now. Although there are highly effective medicines for rheumatoid arthritis, so far there are no comparable drugs for osteoarthritis.

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