What helps knee arthritis pain? It depends on how long the knee present has been present…
For those with 4 to 12 weeks of knee pain, beneficial interventions are
- tai chi,
- home-based exercise (physical therapy can help get you started),
- transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (a TENS unit), and
- self-management programs like strength, agility, and pain-coping skills.
For those with 12 to 16 weeks of knee pain,
- platelet-rich plasma injections (of which most insurances do not pay and this is a cash-pay treatment) and
- home-based or self-management skills (as above) may help.
- Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements may have medium-term, but no known long-term benefits.
For those with pain for more than 26 weeks, beneficial interventions include
- agility training,
- exercise programs,
- acupressure, and
- weight loss.