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 Should I Treat My Arthritis?

Monday, 23 Sep 2013 10:01 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: My osteoarthritis has become exceedingly painful. In addition, I have had two knee replacement surgeries on one knee which is still quite painful. Do you have any suggestions for managing my pain?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Pain management after total knee replacement is usually very straightforward and involves anti-inflammatory painkillers. But failure to respond to them can suggest something may be happening within the knee that requires a cortisone injection or further evaluation to be sure the bone itself is healthy.
 
Usually joint aspiration and imaging will provide the answers. Make an appointment with your doctor for an assessment and prescription anti-inflammatory pain medicine. Consider consulting an orthopedic or rheumatology specialist, if the painkillers don't work for you.
 
Until you see your doctor, use Tylenol — 500 milligrams, four times a day — for relief and try warm packs and, if you can, whirlpool baths. 

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