Rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common forms of arthritis, affecting 23 to 30 million Americans. Osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease) happens when the smooth joint linings begin to flake and peel, and the bones in the joint thicken and distort, causing pain and swelling. Rheumatoid arthritis affects mostly women, and is caused by the body's immune system malfunctioning, causing joint deterioration and inflammation.
Pain medications used to treat osteoarthritis pain include:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Oral Tramadol (Ultram)
Narcotic Drugs (Opioids)
Mixed Agonists/Antagonists (Synthetic Narcotics)
Viscosupplements- This is injected into the knee joints to renew joint viscosity. These are Hyalgan and Synvisc.