There is no cure for osteoarthritis as of 2015, states the Arthritis Foundation. Common treatments for the disease, such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, natural and alternative therapies, assistive devices and joint replacement surgery, help to manage symptoms, such as pain, stiffness and swelling, and improve joint mobility.
Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is a chronic, long-term illness that occurs when the cartilage between joints breaks down, explains the Arthritis Foundation. It is the most common joint condition, with symptoms that include stiffness, swollen joints and pain. Although its cause is unknown, genetics, excessive weight and injury are some factors that may lead to the development of osteoarthritis.