There are many different options for dealing with persistent knee pain commonly caused by arthritis. The effectiveness of these options varies from patient to patient and achieving success often requires a combination of approaches. If you are dealing with chronic knee pain consult with your physician on developing a safe and effective treatment plan.
A host of drug options are available to help deal with the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis–from common over the counter pain relievers to more powerful prescription options such as steroids and anti-inflammatory medications.
There are also a number of injections that your physician may use to provide temporary relief from knee pain.
The application of heat or cold can often provide short-term relief from pain and joint stiffness by assisting with inflammation relief, relaxing muscles or increasing circulation.
Life Style Modifications
Your physician may suggest a number of lifestyle changes to help reduce the stress placed on your knees. These changes might include weight management and the reduction or elimination of certain physical activities (such as certain sports).
Specialized exercise programs can help to strengthen the muscles that support the knee joint to alleviate stresses to the joint itself.
Bracing and Assistive Devices
Your physician might also recommend the use of a specially designed knee brace system to help support the knee joint or recommend the use of a walking cane or other device.