It is often needed to help patients who have a form of arthritis that has caused excessive damage.
Sometimes, patients can avoid knee replacement surgery by making behavior and lifestyle changes to alleviate their knee pain.
- Exercise – When your knees hurt, it’s hard to believe that exercise might make them feel better. However, certain exercises can strengthen the muscles around the knee and help improve flexibility. A sports medicine specialist is a great resource to help teach you safe ways to strengthen those muscles.
- Weight Loss – If you’re overweight, those extra pounds can take a heavy toll on your knee joints. By eating healthier meals and exercising regularly, you can lose weight and reduce the load of weight your knees bear.
- Walking Aids – Canes can reduce stress on the joint, and pain.
- Shoe Inserts – By changing the way your feet stand, you also alter your knee’s alignment. Subtle changes can help some people find pain relief.
- Medication – Many types of medicine are used to treat knee pain. Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can reduce pain. Your doctor may also recommend using corticosteroids, which fight inflammation. Hyaluronic acid substitutes are designed to help lubricate joints.
Source: National Institutes of Health
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