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Play to win against your osteoarthritis knee pain

Does It’ll pass sound familiar?
Whether you need to be on the field or at the jobsite, we understand that knee pain can get in the way of your activities. Sometimes it’s just regular muscle soreness, but over time, injuries can develop into conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knee. So, for those of you who spend your weekends finishing the basement reno, don’t let your knee pain go unchecked!

Consult a specialist

Feeling the pain on and off the field? Start by getting a diagnosis.

Treatments can vary greatly depending on the cause of your knee pain. In general, if your knee pain disrupts your daily activities, it might be time to consult your doctor. If you don’t have one, use our clinic locator to find a specialist near you who can diagnose the cause of your knee pain.

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Shayne Gauthier
#44 Linebacker
Winnipeg Blue Bombers

As an active CFL player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and part-time coach, I would experience knee pain, especially while standing for long periods of time. I consulted my orthopedic specialist, who diagnosed me with osteoarthritis of the knee and recommended I receive a viscosupplement injection called Cingal®.

Following the injection, I quickly felt the relief, going on to coach an entire training camp without feeling any pain! The relief lasted for several months afterwards, allowing me to play my regular season.

Individual results may vary.

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Dr. Mohit Bhandari
MD, PhD, FRCSC
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Treat your knee pain like the pros!

Many of the specialists interviewed to answer your questions about osteoarthritis knee pain and treatment options are also head physicians for CFL football teams.

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If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, you’re in the right place!

We have the resources you need to learn about this condition and the appropriate treatment options to get you back in the game.

Learn about osteoarthritis

No pain, no gain doesn’t apply when it comes to osteoarthritis. But what is it, exactly?

A progressive joint disease, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is a result of the body’s failed attempt to repair damaged joint tissues. Athletes seem to be more prone to osteoarthritis than the general population, especially professional and elite athletes. This could be due to putting a lot of miles on the body.

Do you still have questions about your osteoarthritis knee pain?

Rate your knee pain by completing the knee pain relief checklist. Browse treatment brochures and find coverage information related to different treatment options. These resources will help you understand your knee pain and evaluate your options for osteoarthritis treatment.

Practise lifestyle changes

Simple lifestyle changes are the first line of defence

Keep reading for simple lifestyle changes you can start today to lessen your osteoarthritis knee pain.

Move the goalposts on your knee pain.

Try adding simple exercises to your routine—specifically, ones that will help strengthen the muscles that help your knees function.

Kick off your weight loss and knee pain relief

Losing weight reduces the pressure on your joints. Even a small amount can make a big difference. In fact, 5 pounds of weight loss actually represents 20 pounds less wear and tear.

If you’ve tried lifestyle changes but are still feeling the pain, it might be time to explore other treatment options.

Explore treatment options

Tackle knee pain at the source
Find treatment options that relieve your osteoarthritis knee pain.

If you’ve made lifestyle changes but aren’t noticing improvement in your osteoarthritis knee pain, there are other treatment options available, such as: