Non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis revolves around restoring function and mobility while reducing pain. One of the first contributions to worsening pain is weight. For each pound that is lost, 4 pounds of pressure is taken off your knees! That’s a natural 401K plan for your body so start contributing to it!
Exercise and physical therapy are also helpful to strengthen the surrounding muscles. This adds support and stability to the joint. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs can be used to help with short-term pain. However, long-term treatment with pain relievers isn’t advised with risks including bleeding ulcers, kidney and heart damage. Plus, these medications may block the body’s natural feedback telling you to avoid a particular painful activity. By ignoring this feedback you could risk further injury. Other treatments include injections such as Steroids, Hyaluronic Acid, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (EWST), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC), Micro-Fragmented Adipose Tissue (MFAT), and lastly surgery.
Don’t allow knee osteoarthritis to cause you to suffer. Dr. Steven Sampson and Dr. Danielle Aufiero are Los Angeles’ leading sports medicine experts. Visit us today to Find out more about the noninvasive treatment options that they offer.