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How is osteoarthritis of the knee treated?

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The primary goals of treating osteoarthritis of the knee are to relieve the pain and return mobility. The treatment plan will typically include a combination of the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Exercise
  • Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Injections of corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid into the knee.
  • Alternative therapies (topical creams, acupuncture, supplements)
  • Using devices such as braces
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Surgery

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis of the Knee."

Familydoctor.org: "Osteoarthritis of the knee."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "Knee Problems" and "Arthritis: Handout on Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis of the Knee."

Familydoctor.org: "Osteoarthritis of the knee."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "Knee Problems" and "Arthritis: Handout on Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

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