Nonsurgical Management of Knee Pain in Adults

Knee pain affects approximately 25% of adults, decreasing function, mobility, and quality of life. The prevalence of knee pain has increased 65% over the past 20 years. Knee symptoms are the 10th most common reason for office visits. At Prime Medical Pain Management Centers, we can help! Recent literature supports nonsurgical treatments for many patients with chronic knee pain. Effective treatment depends on the cause of knee pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, are used initially in combination with physical therapy to manage the most typical causes of chronic knee pain. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends against glucosamine/chondroitin for osteoarthritis. In patients who are not candidates for surgery, prescription pain medications should be used if NSAID’s are ineffective. Weight loss is encouraged for all patients with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Knee braces are helpful, but should not replace physical therapy. Corticosteroid injections are helpful for short-term pain relief. Source: | 29 December 2015