What helps knee arthritis pain?

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,
  • self-massage,
  • acupressure, and
  • weight loss.
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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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