Caring for Knee Pain
What’s the best way to care for knee pain?
Knee pain can be cared for in many non-operative fashions depending on the cause. Depending on the injury different treatments are recommended. Read on for more information on how to care for knee pain or contact our offices to schedule an appointment.
Knee ligament injuries
The best care for ligament injuries is rest and potential bracing – and in the most severe cases possibly surgery.
Knee cartilage tears
Care with activity modifications – together with possible injections and anti-inflammatory medications
- Modification of activities: Limited walking and standing – all the way to cane or crutches.
- Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications – seek to diminish the inflammation that contributes to the pain of arthritis. Ibuprofen, Aleve, Celebrex and a host of others.
- Structural bracing: unloading techniques with specialized bracing.
- Injection: Cortisone (anti-inflammation) can be helpful
- Injection: Hyaluronic acid (gel injections) can be helpful with anti-inflammation
- Injection: PRP – Plasma Rich Protein – derived from your own blood – possibly the newest treatment for arthritis and inflammation. Not covered by insurance – provided in the office in the PRP clinic – Friday afternoons with Brian Johnson NP.