Features September 2007 Issue

Brace Yourself For Knee-Pain Relief

Used in conjunction with other treatment options, a support device may help you combat the discomfort of an arthritic knee.

If you’re among the estimated 10 million Americans who have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, take heart in knowing that several nonsurgical options, pharmacologic and otherwise, are available for easing the pain of an arthritic knee. In addition to the judicious use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids, options include weight control, leg-strengthening exercises, and the use of assistive devices, such as a cane or walker.

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