Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

How Can I Ease My Arthritis Pain?

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 05:35 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I have painful arthritis in my hands. Right now I try to control the pain with naproxen, but is there something better I can take?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
The goals for treatment of hand arthritis are to reduce pain, maintain or improve joint movement, and minimize disability. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease the inflammation and relieve the pain in your thumb and wrists.
 
Although over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve) help, you could ask your doctor for prescription-strength NSAIDs (ketoprofen, diclofenac, Cataflam, Voltaren) and nabumetone (Relafen).
 
Be aware thatNSAIDs have risks of side effects that increase when used at high doses for long-term treatment.

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