KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS TREATMENT
There is more than one way to get relief from knee osteoarthritis pain.
6 Common Ways to Treat Knee Osteoarthritis
Physical Therapy and Exercise
Improving strength and flexibility of the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues that support the knee joint can reduce knee osteoarthritis pain.
Arthritis inflammation and pain may be exacerbated by problems in the gut’s microbiome. Eating anti-inflammtory foods that cultivate a healthy gut microbiome may reduce knee arthritis pain.
Topical Arthritis Pain Medications
A variety of topical medications are available to treat knee arthritis pain—including some prescription stength options. These medications are absorbed through the skin and are less likely than oral medications to cause stomach upset.
Therapeutic Knee Injections
Cortisone and viscosupplementation injections are often used to treat stubborn knee arthritis pain. In addition, regenertiave medicine injections that use platelet rich plasma or stem cells are becoming more common.
Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement
The goal of less invasive knee replacement surgery is to minimize cutting and trauma to the knee's soft tissues. Research suggests there are pros and cons to this surgery. The decision to have it is made on a case-by-case basis.
Knee Replacement Surgery
Exercise, changes to diet, medications, and injections may not be not enough to treat severe knee arthritis pain. In these cases, knee replacement surgery may be the best option. During knee replacement surgery, the damaged surfaces of the knee joint are replaced with prosthetics.