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Knee Pain - Your Guide to Treatment Options
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The most common kind of joint pain, osteoarthritis can be caused by many things, including over use and repetitive motions that wear out your joints.
Pain and stiffness in the joints, especially after exercise or when you put weight or pressure on the joint. You may notice a “popping” sound in the joints, morning stiffness, which usually lasts about 30 minutes and normally goes away after you move around and warming up the joint.
There are a number of pain relievers you can buy without a prescription, such as Tylenol (acetaminophen). If your pain continues, you might try non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Some people get relief from an over-the-counter drug that combines glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate,or use a skin cream such as Capsaicin (Zostrix) to relieve pain.
Injections such as corticosteroids or artificial join fluid,are also an option. These, relief is immediate and they reduce swelling and pain. Any injectable therapy needs to be re-injected every three to six months.
Lifestyle Changes and Helpful Treatments
The least expensive way to modify joint pain is to stay active and get regular exercise. Your doctor can recommend a home exercise routine. If a local YMCA or high school offers water exercises or swimming, consider signing up. Getting enough sleep and losing weight, especially if you are overweight, can make a significant difference in your joint pain.
Physical therapy, massage therapy, support braces and even acupuncture can all be helpful treatments.