Knee pain can hit you at any time. It can happen early on in life or as easily as later in your 60s and 70s. The most common cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis can be gradual and is depicted in the image below at various stages:
Osteoarthritis is treatable although you may never be completely pain-free, but you can manage the condition and keep your symptoms under control.
To help alleviate knee pain and/ or discomfort, you have many options other than surgery:
Anti-inflammatory medications. Try aspirin or ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is a good pain reliever, but does not reduce inflammation.
RICE therapy. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation can help reduce swelling and pain.
Physical therapy. Exercise that strengthens your quads and hamstrings may help relieve the pressure on your knees.
Knee braces. They can take pressure off the arthritic area.
Cortisone injections. An occasional injecton of this steroid may lessen the swelling and achy pain.
Lubricant injections. Viscosupplementation, or lubricant injections, can help the knee move more smoothly.
Regenerative Medicine. Regenerative medicine, PRP or Stem Cell, uses that patients own blood or fat tissue to as therapy for chronic joint pain.
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