If you have knee pain, this might be your ticket to relief.
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Knee pain is a common condition that can be caused by many different conditions and injuries. There are a number of non-surgical treatment options available that may be helpful with relieving your knee pain.
Physical therapy is by far my favorite. PT is a great option for treating knee pain. Physical therapists can help you with home exercises, strengthening your muscles and improving your range of motion. They can also teach you how to move in ways that will protect your knee.
Physical therapy is usually covered by insurance. If not, it’s usually about $50-$100 per session for physical therapy treatment. And often, depending on the injury, you can go work with a physical therapist once or twice to learn exercises you can do on your own to recover quickly and safely.
Knee brace or sleeve
I’m not big on knee braces, at least as treatments you try on your own without seeing a doctor or orthopedic surgeon. Most of the injuries for which braces are useful are those that should be evaluated by a surgeon, especially those involving instability – ACL or MCL tear, for example. But knee sleeves can be helpful for people with less serious cases of knee pain, such as patellofemoral pain. They often make patients more comfortable doing their daily activities and exercise.
Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), are used to treat pain and swelling in your body. These drugs work by blocking the productioThe potential benefits of taking an anti-inflammatory medication include:n of prostaglandins–hormone-like chemicals that cause pain, fever and inflammation.
The potential benefits of taking an anti-inflammatory medication include:
- Relieving knee pain from bursitis or arthritis
- Helping you move more easily because it reduces stiffness caused by osteoarthritis
If you find that you are using these medications for weeks with no relief, though, you might want to see a doctor to see if your problem is more serious.
Other types of treatments
There are other types of treatments, some that are experimental or used off-label, that can be helpful in some circumstances. Treatments like peptides, medications like pentosan polysulfate, and injections into the knee, like PRP or exosomes, can be part of a comprehensive solution to try to decrease or eliminate pain and promote healing without surgery.
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This post is meant for educational and informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.