Studies have shown that as many as half of the people living with chronic pain are not adequately managing their pain. Osteoarthritis, or OA, is one of the leading causes of chronic pain in the United States, affecting as many as 27 million Americans. Too often, OA pain can rob people of their quality of life. 

Medications are available to treat pain, however misinformation or fear of side effects can prevent people from getting the treatments they need.

A guide from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) intends to improve consumers’ understanding of medications that can help relieve osteoarthritis pain.

A federal agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ is tasked with improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of health care for Americans. It does this by conducting research comparing effectiveness and outcomes of different treatments and clinical approaches for on arthritis and other diseases. The results are published to help people make informed decisions about health care.

The report, Managing Osteoarthritis Pain With Medicines (released January 2012),  details the results of its investigation into the various medications available to treat OA pain, including both over-the-counter pill and topical pain relievers, as well as the side effects and cautions that must be weighed as well.

To get a copy of Managing Osteoarthritis Pain With Medicines, visit the Effective Health Care program site. Click here