Knee pain affects many people, and sometimes it might bother you so much that you need to rest and limit your usual activities. Knee pain is often a result of osteoarthritis or OA – which is a degenerative condition that affects over 27 million Americans.
Another common cause of knee pain is injuries to the knees such as a meniscus tear, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries. Bursitis, or inflammation of the bursae, is another cause of knee pain. Bursae are small sacs that are fluid-filled which cushion the knee and prevent friction between the joint and surrounding ligaments and tendons.
Fortunately, there are minimally invasive treatments that can reduce knee pain and keep your joints healthy and functioning smoothly. The following pain relief strategies can help you manage your knee pain and avoid invasive surgeries and procedures.
Manage Your Weight
Losing weight can help reduce the amount of stress you place on your joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis (OA) found that losing one pound of weight resulted in four pounds of pressure being removed from the knees. If you lost just 10 pounds, this would relieve 40 pounds of pressure from your knees.
“RICE” for Knee Pain
Your doctor may tell you to use Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) for knee pain relief. Resting your knee, using ice to reduce pain, wearing a compression bandage, and keeping your knee elevated can help ease knee pain. The “RICE” techniques can offer short-term pain relief and can help reduce knee pain and swelling for some people. Speak with your health care provider if you have questions about the RICE technique.
Pain Relief Medication
There are a variety of medications that may temporarily improve your knee pain, and these include both oral medications, corticosteroid injections, and topical creams. However, many people find only temporary relief from these options, and some people find that taking anti-inflammatory medications cause gastrointestinal problems when taken over a long period of time.
Many individuals find that physical therapy provides knee pain relief. Physical therapy or “PT” might include stretches and exercises, ice and heat therapy, ultrasound massage, and electrical nerve or muscle stimulation. Your doctor might recommend PT by itself or in addition to other treatments. Treatment length depends on your specific injury, the severity of your knee pain, and how much your condition impacts your daily activities.
Hyaluronic Acid or Hyaluronate Injections
Also known as viscosupplements, the goal of this injection-based treatment is to replace synovial fluid, which is the substance that helps to lubricate your joints. Many people have experienced pain relief from these injections, making them a good treatment option for many knee pain sufferers.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
One promising minimally invasive treatment that has emerged in recent years is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP is plasma with an especially high number of platelets. Growth factors within the platelets assist with knee healing, so platelet-rich plasma, which contains up to 900% more platelets than usual, can be a powerful treatment to relieve knee pain.
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Many people consider surgical treatment options to manage their knee pain. However, some are hesitant to have surgery because they don’t want to undergo a risky surgical procedure. Fortunately, Flexogenix® offers nonsurgical treatment options so you can avoid the risks associated with surgery and return to the activities you enjoy on a daily basis. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about the non-surgical treatment options that can help you enjoy your active life.