Taping uses tape that sticks to the knee to help keep the kneecap in
place and relieve pain. You can do taping at home. But
first have your doctor or physical therapist show you the right way to put it
help shift weight off the part of your knee
that hurts. It's not clear how well
these work, but there isn't a lot of risk in
Hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid)
shots. These shots are mostly done in the knee. Studies suggest that any benefit is very small.5
One Woman's Story:
"After I have a massage and acupuncture, I feel
like a new person. I encourage people to find out what treatments others have
tried and what things have worked for them. I'm a believer in other people's
ideas. Obviously, what works for one person may not work for another, but
unless you try it, you'll never know if it'll help."—Bev
There are many
treatments for arthritis, but what works for someone else may not work for you.
You may need to try several different treatments to find what works for
Experts are testing new
medicines and methods that they hope will one day help prevent, reduce, or
repair cartilage damage. For example, they're looking at cartilage transplants
and the use of stem cells to grow new cartilage. So far, therapies to repair
cartilage have only been studied in younger people with small, well-defined
holes in their knee cartilage. This isn't a common problem for most older
adults who have arthritis of the knee.
This information is produced and provided by the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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