Arthritis Knee pain:
Diagnosis and Treatment

Arthritis knee pain is one of the most common pain so many people in the world are suffering with.

At present there are roughly 20-25 million people in the USA only who are suffering from knee pain. So imagine how many people in the world would be suffering from this kind of pain.

If you have not checked previous article please check it first to understand symptoms of arthritic knee pain.

In this section we are going to dig it further by understanding how to diagnose it and treat it.

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Diagnosing Arthritis knee pain

To treat the real cause of knee pain the knee doctor has to diagnose the condition before he can suggest some treatment to you.

A typical diagnostic consultation includes following steps:

  1. History
  2. Physical eveluation
  3. Other diagnostic tools
  4. Lab tests especially if the doctor thinks about possibility of infection or rheumatoid arthritis.

More detail diagnosis has been discussed here.

If it is acute pain then doctor might think about taking MRI of the knee.

After detailed diagnosis and thorough eveluation only doctor could prescribe the treatment for your arthritic knee pain.

Treatment options

Depending on the outcome of diagnosis doctor could give you different treatment options.

For better understanding we can divide the treatment options into 2 categories.

  1. Conservative treatment of your knee pain
  2. Surgical treatment of your knee pain

Conservative treatment options

When ever you go to doctor initially for your arthritis knee pain he would go for conservative treatments which are as follows:

  • Changing lifestyle
  • Weight loss
  • Pain medicines
  • Physical therapy
  • Knee braces to protect injured joint
  • Nutritional supplements

These are some of the most conservative treatments that patients can think of when they have to deal with their knee pain.

Surgical Treatment Options

No one would like to go for surgery to relieve their arthritic knee pain!

But after treating knee pain conservatively if there is no improvement or the improvement is not satisfactory then doctor could give you following surgical options:

  • Knee Injections
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee replacement
  • knee cartilage replacement

Although there are many advances in knee treatments patients should go for surgical options at the last because it could be demanding and could be expensive.

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