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Is there a “best” pain reliever for osteoarthritis?

By: Robert R. Edwards, M.D., Contributing Editor, Harvard Health Publications Osteoarthritis (OA) affects tens of millions of Americans and is a leading cause of disability and reduced quality of life across the globe. Other than joint replacement surgery, there is no known “cure” for OA, and most treatments focus on relief of symptoms such as pain. Often, the first step is non-medication-based approaches such as physical therapy, exercise, and weight loss. Most patients, however,…

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