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What is the treatment for knee pain?
Treatments for knee pain are as varied as the conditions that can cause the
Medications might be prescribed to treat an underlying medical
condition or for pain relief.
Sometimes strengthening the muscles around the knee will
make it more stable and help guarantee the best mechanical movements. This can
help avoid injuries or further worsening of an injury.
Injecting medications directly into your knee might help in
certain situations. The two most common injections are corticosteroids and
lubricants. Corticosteroid injections can help arthritis and other inflammations
of the knee. They usually need to be repeated every few months. Lubricants that
are similar to the fluid already in your knee joint can help with movement and
Knee operations range from arthroscopic knee surgery to total knee
replacement. Arthroscopic knee surgery is a very common surgical procedure that
allows the physician look inside your knee through a few small holes and a fiberoptic camera. The surgeon can repair many of the injuries and remove small
pieces of loose bones or cartilage. This is a common outpatient procedure.
Partial knee replacement: The surgeon replaces the damaged portions of the
knee with plastic and metal parts. Because only part of the knee joint is
replaced, this procedure has a shorter recovery then a total knee replacement.
Total knee replacement: In this procedure, the knee is replaced with an
artificial joint. It requires a major surgery and hospitalization.
Acupuncture has shown some relieve of knee pain, especially
in patients with osteoarthritis. Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements have
shown mixed results in research studies.