Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is usually a natural result of aging that causes degeneration of the flexible tissue at the end of bones. Though this condition can’t be cured, there are treatments that can help control and slow the progression of the disease. Over-the-counter pain relievers (such as Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help with osteoarthritis pain and discomfort while reducing the inflammation that damages joints. Lifestyle changes - such as getting regular exercise and using joint braces to add stability - may be recommended. Physical therapy is often combined with other treatments to help strengthen your muscles and improve flexibility. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to repair or replace the damaged joint. Your doctor will discuss the different surgical options available to you based on your condition.