Help for Your Knee Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and it often affects the knee joint. Knee osteoarthritis can limit your daily activities and have a profound impact on your life. Living with chronic pain can alter your mood, cause depression, and create unforeseen difficulties, but there are treatments available and lifestyle changes that may help. 

Arash A. Dini, MD, and our staff are dedicated to helping you enjoy an active, healthy, high-quality life. Osteoarthritis of the knee, like other forms of arthritis, may require some modifications to your routine, but we offer treatments to slow the progression of your disease, and in this post we share a few things you can do at home. 

Arthritis treatments 

No type of arthritis can be cured, including osteoarthritis of the knee. However, there are treatments for your knee arthritis and ways to slow down the progression of the disease. For example, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen may be used to ease your pain. Duloxetine, a prescription medication sold under the brand name CymbaltaⓇ, may also be helpful. 

Some therapies, such as physical therapy, may also help relieve your pain. Dr. Dini may recommend injections, such as corticosteroids or glucocorticoids, to provide temporary relief. We also offer PRP injections and stem cell therapy, which may slow the progression of your disease over time. 

Depending on your situation, some surgical interventions may be helpful. Knee arthroscopy may help preserve the healthy tissue in your knee, and in cases of advanced disease, knee replacement may be the best treatment. 

Lifestyle changes

There are things you can do on your own to help with your knee arthritis. If you’re overweight, for example, losing weight will reduce the pressure on your knee joint. Weight loss can be difficult, so if you’re struggling, discuss your situation with Dr. Dini. 

Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when moving your knee is painful, but it’s also one of the most important ways to maintain your mobility. Exercise can help build muscle strength and stronger muscles provide better support for your joint. 

Exercise also helps if you need to lose weight, and it reduces stress, which is crucial when you live with a chronic condition such as arthritis. You don’t need to sign up for a marathon, though. A brisk, 30-minute walk most days of the week should do the trick. 

Other activities you may want to explore include yoga, tai chi, swimming, or biking. All of those are low impact on your knees but provide important benefits. If you’re unsure what exercises are safe and appropriate, talk to Dr. Dini for suggestions. 

You may also find that using heat/cold therapy is helpful in relieving swelling and pain in your knee. Moist heat relaxes your muscles and cold reduces inflammation and may be especially helpful following exercise. 

Finding the right solution 

There are plenty of options for treating arthritis, and you may feel confused about what’s best for you. Dr. Dini provides a tailored treatment plan for you and takes into consideration your condition, your overall health, and your goals. 

If you’d like to learn more about the treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee, schedule an appointment at either our Encino or Los Angeles office. 

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