The Benefits of Non-Surgical Knee Treatment

If you’re living with knee pain, you may have considered knee replacement surgery. While knee replacement is certainly an option, there are several other non-surgical knee treatments that should be explored first. These non-invasive treatment options can be used to treat osteoarthritis, ligament injuries, tendonitis, bursitis, and other forms of arthritis.

  • Physical Therapy and Exercise – This combination is often used first when treating knee pain. Increased activity paired with physical therapy can help restore knee function. Patients should participate in individualized exercise programs specially designed for their conditions. Other treatment methods include deep heat, ice massage, and nerve stimulation.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, or NSAIDs, are commonly prescribed to treat pain and swelling in the knee from arthritis. Ibuprofen and naproxen are common, as are COX-2 inhibitors.

  • Injections – Joint pain can be significantly reduced by the use of corticosteroids in the form of injections. These injections can provide anti-inflammatory effects. They are most commonly used for short-term treatment. Hyaluronic acid injections can also be used to reduce pain and increase knee mobility. Newer treatments include the injection of stem cells.

  • Viscosupplementation Therapy – This procedure involves the injection of gel-like substances, or hyaluronates, into the joint. This supplements the gelatinous properties of synovial fluid. A recent study has shown that the use of Hyalgan to treat osteoarthritis of the knee produced a 95% positive outcome.

The team of experts at The Knee Institute utilizes the latest technology by using a device called a fluoroscope. This allows our medical staff to look inside your joints and administer a variety of minimally invasive injection procedures. Non-surgical knee treatments are important because knee replacement surgery carries risks including infection, heart attack, stroke, blood clots, nerve damage, and more. To schedule an appointment, contact us today by calling 248-804-7226.