In instances, it appears that some types of arthritis can be curable. Persons who develop a special type of arthritis caused by Lyme disease (which results from Lyme disease) may be cured by penicillin injections.
However, in most instances, the answer is “No.” At this point, there is no cure for arthritis.
The Greek word “arthron” means joint and the word “itis” means inflammation. So, arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. Cartilage, that smooth, soft tissue between the joints, begins to break down, and the joints rub against each other and cause this inflammation.
Sometimes what appears to be arthritis is really something else. Previously broken bones, infections, being overweight, injuries from repetitive motions, and other ailments may appear to be arthritis.
Since there is no cure for arthritis, doctors prescribe treatments that will lessen the pain and discomfort of arthritis. Tylenol, aspirin, and ibuprofen are but a few of the non-prescription drugs that your doctor may recommend. Other medicines that your doctor may prescribe include cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors, steroids, and anti-biologics. Surgery is an option is some instances.
But what physicians recommend most are effective pain-lessening treatments for the arthritis. These treatments falls into four basic categories: softness, application of heat, moistness, and support.