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Initially line of treatment may include
Non surgical treatment
Exercises to strengthen the muscles around the joint
Supplements like Glucosamine to improve joint lubrication.
Medication will not cure the condition, but simply allow the patient to live pain-free or more active than before.
Surgery is option when all conservative medical treatment options have been exhausted.
But i do think your orthopedic will try conservative treatment in first place and may try Physical Therapy.
NSAIDs,Glucosamine supplement,Calcium are usually prescribed.