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Knee Pain Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Know Your Options for Knee Pain Treatment

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Updated March 04, 2011

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The knee is the joint that is most commonly affected by osteoarthritis. Knee pain is the primary symptom associated with the knee osteoarthritis. Knee pain can be debilitating and disabling. Keeping up with your usual daily activities is made difficult, to say the least. That is why managing knee pain successfully is so important. There are many knee pain treatment options, and it may take several attempts to find what works best for you. Consider your options for knee pain treatment and discuss them with your doctor.

Cane Use Cuts Risk of Knee Osteoarthritis Progression
Using a cane takes stress off of the knee. By reducing stress on the joint, pain decreases and disability may be prevented, making cane use a simple but valuable knee pain treatment.

Will Rest Ease Osteoarthritis Pain?
One of the primary symptoms of osteoarthritis is pain that worsens during activity and improves with rest. We hear a lot about the importance of physical activity to build strength, endurance, and improve range of motion. But what about rest?

Diet and Exercise Benefit Osteoarthritis Patients
You may be one of the osteoarthritis patients who looks for non-drug treatment options to help manage your osteoarthritis. Diet and exercise are at the forefront of ways to help control osteoarthritis symptoms.

Knee Taping Is an Effective Treatment Option for Osteoarthritis
Knee taping is among the recommended treatment options for knee pain, according to the American College of Rheumatology. Therapeutic knee taping has been shown to reduce pain and disability associated with knee osteoarthritis.

Insoles May Ease Knee Pain
Special insoles can help reduce pain associated with medial component (inner) knee osteoarthritis. The insoles, known as lateral-wedge insoles, lessen pain by changing the mechanics of the knee.

External Fixation Brace May Delay Need for Knee Replacement
An external fixation brace or surgical frame may promote joint distraction (pulling apart the joint). When used around a degenerated joint, the joint distraction appears to allow healing by strengthening and repairing cartilage. More research is needed on this method, however.

An Unloader Knee Brace for Knee Osteoarthritis
An unloader knee brace does exactly what its name suggests -- it unloads stress from the affected joint. Most often, unloader knee braces are prescribed for those with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis.

Thermotherapy or Cryotherapy for Osteoarthritis
Thermotherapy involves the application of heat, and cryotherapy involves the application of cold, to joints affected by osteoarthritis for the purpose of relieving pain and other osteoarthritis symptoms.

Osteoarthritis Supplements
Many osteoarthritis patients are intrigued by natural remedies, including supplements. There are plenty of osteoarthritis supplements from which to choose.

Osteoarthritis Medications
Pain relief is the primary treatment goal of osteoarthritis medications. Localized inflammation, which can occur with osteoarthritis, also is relieved by taking osteoarthritis medications.

What You Should Know About Topical Pain Relievers
Topical pain relievers are pain relievers that you apply directly to your skin, where they are absorbed for the purpose of easing joint pain. They come in different formulations, such as creams, gels and lotions.

What You Need to Know About Pennsaid Topical Solution
Pennsaid is a topical, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which combines a transdermal carrier, containing DMSO, with diclofenac sodium in order to deliver the drug through the skin directly to where the pain is located.

What Is Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is mostly used to treat chronic pain conditions, such as osteoarthritis. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation incorporates a small device that directs mild electric pulses to the nerves in or around the area being treated.

Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis
Acupuncture has been studied as a treatment for a variety of conditions, and its effectiveness has not always been clear. Some studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Steroid Injections
Intraarticular steroid injections are injected directly into the knee or other affected joint. The goal of a local, intraarticular steroid injection is to improve joint function while reducing inflammation and pain.

Hyaluronan Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis
In this treatment, known as viscosupplementation, hyaluronan is injected into the knee. This is done in an effort to improve the lubrication of the knee, reduce pain, and improve range of motion.

Joint Surgery for Osteoarthritis
If you have pain and loss of joint function that affect your ability to work or do usual daily activities, that's a sign you need to consider joint surgery. You need to discuss with your doctor which type of joint surgery is appropriate for you -- not every joint surgery is a total joint replacement.

Total Knee Replacement
Arthritis patients first try conservative treatments to control knee pain and to try and slow joint damage. If the conservative treatments are not effective, many patients consider knee replacement as their last-resort treatment option.

22 Recommendations for Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis
A summary of recommendations for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis has been provided by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The guidelines focus on treatment options, which are less invasive than knee replacement surgery.

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