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Non-Surgical Options for Knee Pain

Jan 8, 2024

Those who suffer from knee pain may be reluctant to see an orthopedic specialist because they feel as though surgery may be their only solution. This is not always the case, and there are various ways in which your discomfort can be alleviated without surgical intervention.

According to the CDC, bone and joint disorders are the leading cause of disability in America, with knee pain being the second most common chronic type of pain. With millions of Americans experiencing knee pain, there are numerous alternatives to knee surgery that can help to reduce or eliminate your discomfort. We have gathered some of the most common non-surgical treatments below:

Cortisone Injections

A cortisone shot is a type of steroid injection where a version of the cortisone hormone is injected into the affected joint. This specific type of steroid will help to relieve discomfort and inflammation to the knee, which then reduces pain. These injections are seen as one of the most effective ways of treating inflammatory arthritis. On average, a patient would receive no more than three to four injections a year and the results can last up to several months.

Viscosupplementation

Sometimes referred to as a “Rooster Shot”, this injection directly addresses the root cause of knee pain by supplementing the joint. A natural gel lubricant is injected into the knee to make up for lost cartilage. As a result, joint motion and function are increased. Not to be confused with a cortisone shot which is seen to be a more generalized treatment than viscosupplementation. However, both injections aid in reducing inflammation to help those with arthritis.

Physical Therapy

Rehabilitative medicine is extremely beneficial for improving flexibility and joint support. When the muscles and soft tissues of the knee joint are stretched and strengthened, the results can go a long way in offsetting your knee pain.

PRP Therapy

This is another type of injection, but one in which platelet-rich plasma is injected into the knee joint to help alleviate pain. The platelets in your blood contain growth factors that, when injected into an injured area, are believed to help the tissues repair themselves by assisting in the formation of new cells.

Bracing

Knee braces provide external stability to the knee and can aid in managing your discomfort. The goal of a knee brace is to shift your weight off the most damaged part of your knee. This means you should be able to get around much more comfortably.

If you would like to discuss your options with one of our specialists, you can schedule an appointment online here!