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Early interventions

 When it comes to relieving knee pain, there are many different treatment options. For some people, early intervention treatments like the ones below may help restore knee function.

Injections

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Synovial fluid, containing hyaluronic acid, is a naturally occurring lubricant present in your knee joint. Synovial fluid acts as a lubricant and shock absorber to help your knee joints move smoothly. In the early stages of osteoarthritis, synovial fluid can begin to lose some of its hyaluronic acid content and joints can become painful. Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are treatments available which may help.

Viscosupplementation is a nonsurgical knee injection that can deliver Hyaluronic acid (HA) directly to the knee joint. Adding HA to the knee joint may help to restore joint lubrication, and may provide pain relief.  Following a knee injection, your surgeon will typically recommend a rehabilitation program for you.1

A Hyaluronic acid injection may work well for patients whose osteoarthritis knee pain does not respond to medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or simple pain relievers such as acetaminophen. Be sure to consult your doctor to discuss the best treatment plan for you.

Medication

Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can be used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis and control pain. Commonly used medications include but are not limited to aspirin-free pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, disease modifying drugs, and sleep medications when pain prevents or interferes with sleep.

Low-impact exercise

Regular low-impact exercise, including joint and muscle exercises, can improve strength and flexibility. A common myth is that exercise will “wear out” joints, however, when done properly, low-impact exercise, such as walking or jogging, may actually reduce pain and fatigue and increase movement.

Heat/cold therapies

The use of heat or cold over joints may provide short-term relief from pain and stiffness. Cold packs can help reduce inflammation and swelling, and may be useful for flare-ups. Heat can aid in relaxing muscles and increasing circulation.

Weight management

 Weight loss helps to ease pain by reducing the amount of stress on your joints. After all, your knees bear the full load of your weight plus everything you carry. According to the Arthritis Foundation, every pound of excess weight applies about four pounds of extra pressure to your knees.2

Physical and occupational therapy

Physical therapists can work with you to create a personalized exercise program and show you how to use therapeutic heat and massages to potentially reduce pain. In addition, occupational therapists can introduce you to beneficial devices, such as those used to elevate chair or toilet-seat height.

Assistive devices

You can protect your knees by using a cane or other walking aid to keep from putting excess stress on them. Shoe inserts called orthotics are designed to support, align, and improve the function of your foot. In turn, they may lessen the pressure on your knees.

Bracing

Different types of braces may help reduce knee pain and improve function and mobility. A "support" brace supports the entire load on your knee, and an "unloader" supports the weight on only one side of the knee, when only one side of the knee is damaged.

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