Hi, I have had pain in the left side of my right knee from OA for more than a year. Once I was diagnosed, my doctor recommended some regular exercises and medication to manage the pain but it really has not done anything. I still have the pain. Short of a knee replacement, is there anything that can be done to at least reduce the pain to a manageable level?
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?
With regard to exercise, have you been following the exercises that were prescribed. Especially when it hurts to do them, people will often adjust the amount of exercise they do or avoid it entirely. Exercises are most often advised if it is poor joint alignment and movement that is contributing to the pain. You can take pain medications but if your joint continues to move poorly, the pain will persist. If you are lacking motivation, a physiotherapist can be helpful to put a program together for you. After a few sessions, you should have a set of exercises that maximize the benefits and minimize the pain.
Thanks for the responses. I was doing the exercises for a while but they did hurt and were not doing anything to make the joint better even when I was not moving. The medications dulled the pain a little but were never really very good. I know they work for me because I sprained my wrist when I lost balance and the wrist pain was gone but the knee pain was still there. I will talk to my doctor about other options like you suggest. Thanks for the help.
One last point is that you should ask your doctor or a phsyiotherapist about how long you will experience the pain when exercising. It could be that you are not doing the exercises exactly as intended or that you have to do them for a longer period to see the benefits. Think of it like weight loss, it takes time to put on the weight and it takes time to lose it. Similarly, it will have taken time for the muscles stabilizing the knee to lose their strength and it will take time for them to gain it back.
There is a new procedure where they inject a type of liquid bone into the knee. I don't remember the name of it, it starts with an S. You may be able to locate it on the internet under new knee problem procedures. In the meantime you might want to try Omega-3 fish oil capsules. They reduce infammation and pain. They help my back a lot by reducing pain. Good luck.
I have OA and COPD. My doctor recommended Voltaren and it worked well, but the smell made me nauseous. Instead I have been taking arthro360 by amitamin for three months on a daily basis and experience less and less pain.