What are Non-Surgical Options for Knee?

Doctors generally try to delay knee replacement surgery for as long as possible in favor of less invasive treatments as knee replacement is major surgery and can have an unpredictable outcome.

In the early stages, knee disorders are primarily treated with non-surgical measures, including:

  • Steroid, or anti-inflammatory, injections to the knee to help reduce swelling and pain
  • Analgesics, or painkillers, to help manage and relieve pain
  • If applicable, recommendations of diets and weight loss to reduce joint stress
  • Exercises, stretches and physical therapy to help increase range of motion and flexibility, as well as strengthen leg muscles
  • Supportive devices such as canes, shock-absorbing shoes, inserts or braces
  • Alternative approaches such as acupuncture and certain dietary supplements

As you know, this site is meant to be one of many helpful resources and is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always research thoroughly and consult with your treating physicians before beginning any treatment regimen.

Dealing with severe pain can be a very isolating experience, however, you do not have to be alone and it may be beneficial to ask your doctor or search online for local support groups or online communities that focus on your specific condition.