A 'manageable' level of pain will depend on the individual so it is hard to say whether something will work for you. But, knowing a little more about your situation might allow for some suggestions that could help. First of all, did the pain medication ever work for you or has it become less effective over time? In either case, mention to your doctor that the pain medication is not working. At a minimum, steroid injections and possibly artificial joint lubrication treatments should be alternatives that you can explore with your doctor?