Pain Relief for Knee Arthritis
A physical therapist is a key member of the healthcare team for knee osteoarthritis.

Pain Relief for Knee Arthritis

Osteoarthritis in the knee is very common, especially as we get older, typically causing achy pain, mild swelling and stiffness after inactivity. Many people reach for a bottle of pills, mostly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen [Motrin®, Advil®] or naproxen [Aleve®]), to relieve symptoms. While you can take pain-relieving drugs, they should be used cautiously and only as one part of a more comprehensive approach. “Each person is unique, so we have to formulate an individualized treatment plan,” says Cleveland Clinic sports medicine physician Carly Day, MD.

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    If arthritis or back problems make driving a car difficult and painful, you may fear you’ll have to stop driving. Don’t give up yet. With work and some adaptations you should be able to remain comfortably in the driver’s seat.

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    Benefits of Yoga

    Scientific evidence points to the pain-relieving qualities of yoga. Getting started is quite easy.

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    Alternative Therapies/Treatments

    What Is Inflammation?

    Inflammation plays a role in arthritis, but it differs depending on the type of arthritis.

    Your achy joint that’s swollen and feels stiff is probably harboring inflammation. If you have arthritis (whether osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), inflammation contributes to pain.

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    Medications work best when you are well informed and remember to take them.

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    Alternative Therapies/Treatments

    Ask The Doctors: May 2018

    Bunions, which are very common, can be annoying, painful and affect your ability to do activities. Just because you have a bunion doesn’t mean you should rush to get surgery. Don’t ignore it either. Left untreated, a bunion can lead to other foot deformities. There are...

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    In The News: May 2018

    To lose weight, should you be on a low-fat diet or a low-carbohydrate diet? It probably doesn’t matter as long as you focus on the quality of the foods you eat. Arthritis is a major cause of pain and disability, affecting an estimated 54.4 million adults in the United States....

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    Download the Full May 2018 Issue PDF

    For people who are overweight or obese, the most effective treatment is weight loss. This is not surprising because every extra pound of weight adds two to four pounds of excess pressure on the knees. “Losing weight is probably the most difficult part of the treatment puzzle,...

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