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There are several non-surgical treatment options available for knee pain. These treatments aim to reduce pain, improve function, and promote healing. Here are some common non-surgical approaches to managing knee pain:

Rest and Activity Modification

Resting the knee and avoiding activities that worsen the pain can help reduce stress on the joint and promote healing. Modify activities to minimise impact and strain on the knee, especially those that involve repetitive knee bending or high-impact movements.

Physiotherapy

A physiotherapist can develop a personalised exercise program to strengthen the muscles around the knee, improve flexibility, and enhance joint stability. Physical therapy may include stretching, strengthening exercises, low-impact aerobic exercises, and techniques to improve balance and coordination.

Pain Management

Various methods can be used to manage knee pain, including:

Over-the-counter pain relievers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium, can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Topical creams or ointments: Applying topical analgesics or anti-inflammatory creams directly to the knee can provide temporary relief.

Injections

Corticosteroid injections can help reduce inflammation and provide temporary pain relief. Hyaluronic acid injections may also be used to provide lubrication and cushioning within the joint for certain types of knee pain, such as osteoarthritis.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

PRP injections involve using a concentration of a patient’s own blood platelets, which are rich in growth factors, to stimulate healing and reduce pain.

Autologous Protein Solution (APS) injections

APS injections is similar to PRP injection but it involves breaking the cells to release the useful proteins to reduce knee osteoarthritis inflammation. This results in less swelling and pain in the affected knee. 

Assistive Devices

Assistive devices such as knee braces, sleeves, or wraps can provide support and stability to the knee joint. An unloader knee brace is useful if the osteoarthritis is only in 1 compartment of the knee. They may be used during activities or as needed to alleviate pain.

Using assistive devices such as canes, crutches, or walkers can help reduce weight-bearing stress on the knee during activities or periods of pain. A fun fact: always use the cane in the hand opposite to the affected painful knee. 

Weight Management

Maintaining a healthy weight or achieving weight loss, if necessary, can help reduce stress on the knee joint, especially in cases of osteoarthritis or excess body weight. A reduction of just 5kg from the current weight will usually bring about reduction in pain. 

Low-Impact Exercise

Engaging in low-impact activities such as swimming, cycling, or using an elliptical machine can help improve joint mobility and cardiovascular fitness without placing excessive stress on the knee.

Heat and Cold Therapy

Applying heat or cold to the affected knee can help reduce pain and inflammation. Heat therapy, such as warm compresses or warm baths, can help relax muscles and improve blood circulation. Cold therapy, such as ice packs or cold compresses, can help numb the area and reduce swelling. If in doubt, choose cold therapy over heat therapy. 

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or orthopaedic specialist to determine the most appropriate non-surgical treatment options for your specific condition. They can provide a comprehensive evaluation, diagnose the underlying cause of your knee pain, and develop a tailored treatment plan to address your needs effectively.

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