Whether you’ve already begun a treatment regimen or have just begun researching knee pain, there are simple lifestyle changes you can start today that could help lessen your osteoarthritis knee pain.
Try adding simple exercises to your routine—specifically, ones that will help strengthen the muscles that help your knees function.
Losing weight reduces the pressure on your joints. Even a small amount can make a big difference. In fact, 5 pounds of weight loss represents a reduction of 20 pounds in the load exerted on your knees per step during daily activities.
Painkillers like acetaminophen can help provide knee pain relief. Your doctor might also recommend ibuprofen or topical medications to soothe aching knee joints. If your condition escalates, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Aspirin® (acetylsalicylic acid) or corticosteroid injections may be prescribed to relieve the pain and inflammation.
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There are different types of injection treatment options to relieve osteoarthritis knee pain. They are divided into the following categories:
Learn more about osteoarthritis and its symptoms here.
Viscosupplementation, such as Cingal®, Monovisc®, or Orthovisc®, is the injection of a clear gel-like substance containing hyaluronic acid.
A single injection of Cingal® or Monovisc®, or three injections of Orthovisc®, can help alleviate pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee for up to 6 months. In addition, the corticosteroid found in Cingal® can provide rapid knee pain relief in as early as 1 week.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial fluid of the knee joint. Viscosupplementation—or the injection of hyaluronic acid into the joint—is thought to lubricate the cartilage (much like oil lubricates an engine), thereby reducing friction and pain.
A corticosteroid and viscosupplementation combination treatment like Cingal® is a single intra-articular injection that provides the quick knee pain relief of a corticosteroid with the long-term knee pain relief of a viscosupplement. Cingal®, the one and only combination treatment, offers the convenience of both.
The patient literally hobbled in and, after using Cingal®, made her physician cry because she said it meant so much to her that she could bend her knee.
Individual results may vary.
*Significant reduction in pain measures seen at Week 1 vs. saline (ITT p=0.008).
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 find a sports medicine clinic and consult with a specialist.
Are you covered for Cingal® or Monovisc®?
Access our private insurance coverage guide for reimbursement information on Cingal®, Monovisc®, and Orthovisc®.
Knee replacement surgery is considered when the pain, disability, and stiffness have a serious effect on your daily activities and when medicines and other treatment options no longer relieve symptoms.
The decision to perform surgery depends on many factors, including: