Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment

Knee Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes pain, swelling and reduced motion in your kneejoints. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness.

A variety of causes may lead to loss of cartilage. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage absorbs the shock of movement. When you lose cartilage, your bones rub together. This kind of rubbing can permanently damage the joint.

Factors that may cause osteoarthritis include:

  • being overweight
  • getting older
  • injuring a joint
  • loss of strength in muscles supporting joints

Therapies that manage osteoarthritis pain and improve function include exercise, weight control, rest, pain relief, alternative therapies and surgery.

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 Helped a little
3 of 3 people found this helpful
Unfortunately, osteoarthritis runs in my family and I inherited my bad knees from my mother's side. I watched as my mother's knees deteriorated over the years and also watched as she refused to undergo surgery-- a big mistake. I swore i would not follow in her footsteps so I took proactive action early, when I first noticed that my knees ....
 Helped a lot
3 of 3 people found this helpful
My osteoarthritis is not going to go away, but there are certainly things I can do to manage my pain. Right now I am in the process of management of my condition so that I do not do things to make it even worse or deteriorate even more. Losing weight helps because my knees don't have to carry as much ....
 No change
2 of 2 people found this helpful
Glucosamine was worthless and hydrotherapy, combined with yoga and cable weights did not make a difference. I also tried a knee brace, which was not at all helpful. I think different people react differently to situations, so I am just trying to be patient..

Treatments and Results View All Cases


Category
Name Average Result Healed Helped
a Lot
Helped
a Little
No Change Made Worse
All Treatments (average)
3.1
(146)
4 49 51 35 7
Diet and Weight Management
Diet Management
3.6
1 2 1 1
Diet and Weight Management
Weight Loss
3.5
6 4 1
Drugs and Supplements
Naproxen Sodium - Aleve - Anaprox - Naprelan
4.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Celebrex - Celecoxib
3.5
1 1
Drugs and Supplements
Anti-inflammatory Medication (NSAID)
3.3
1 3
Drugs and Supplements
Cortisone Injection
3.2
1 4
Drugs and Supplements
Pain Killers (Analgesic)
3.0
4
Drugs and Supplements
Herbs
3.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Bupropion Medication
3.0
2
Drugs and Supplements
Antibiotics
3.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Anti-anxiety medication
3.0
1
Drugs and Supplements
Glucosamine
2.9
3 1 4
Drugs and Supplements
Motrin - Ibuprofen
2.0
1
Exercise
Water Aerobics
4.0
4
Exercise
Swimming
3.8
3 1
Exercise
Walking
3.3
1 3 2 1 1
Exercise
Weight Machines
3.3
3 1
Exercise
Strengthening
3.2
2 2 1
Exercise
Pilates
3.0
1
Exercise
Isometrics
3.0
1
Exercise
Yoga
2.5
1 5
Exercise
Cable Weights
2.3
1 5
Exercise
Exercise
2.3
2 1
Exercise
Aerobics Exercises
2.0
2
Exercise
Running
1.0
1
Medical Devices and Equipment
Cane
3.5
1 1
Medical Devices and Equipment
Taping
3.3
2 1
Medical Devices and Equipment
Knee brace
2.6
3 4 1
Medical Devices and Equipment
New Shoes
2.5
2 2
Medical Devices and Equipment
Crutches
1.0
1
Surgery
Knee Arthroscopy
3.0
1 1
Surgery
Knee Replacement
2.8
1 2 1
Therapy
Chiropractic
4.0
1
Therapy
Physical Therapy
3.6
1 4 2 1
Therapy
Stretching Treatment
3.5
1 1
Therapy
Bed Rest
3.3
1 2
Therapy
Rest
3.0
2
Therapy
Heat Therapy
3.0
3
Therapy
Ice
3.0
1 3 1
Therapy
Hydrotherapy
2.4
1 4
Topical
Skin Ointment
4.0
1
Topical
Biofreeze
3.0
1
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