Osteoarthritis is most often treated with anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Celebrex). If these are not effective in managing the pain and inflammation, there are other drugs that can be used.
Osteoarthritis is caused by wearing of the joint - particularly the cartilage that cushions the joints. It can be precipitated in some cases by infection in the joint, injury or trauma, but the most common scenario is just use of the joint wearing it out.
I'd suggest asking your doctor why he is recommending the specific drugs he mentioned, and ask him to discuss all of the treatment options to help you in making a choice. When you get a bit more information about
this, I'm sure someone here will be able to give you more information and support.
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