Features December, 2011 Issue

OA Knee Pain: 6 Steps to Relief

OA Knee Pain: 6 Steps to Relief

Lifestyle changes are key to reducing pain and avoiding surgery.

Recent research suggests that knee osteoarthritis (OA) causes disabling symptoms in 10 percent of people over age 55. Millions more have milder symptoms that still impact quality of life. And many others have knee OA along with some other knee ailment, such as a meniscus tear. Yet, even though arthritis and some knee injuries can result in knee pain, inflammation and stiffness, in most cases the solution is not surgery, according to Santhosh A. Thomas, DO, MBA, medical director at the Center for Spine Health and co-director of the Medical Spine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute.

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