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Possible choices to knee surgery

Before opting for knee surgery, you might work for several alternatives to relieve pain and swelling in  your knee

Behavior change

The initial alternative to knee surgery that is recommended by most of the physicians is behavior change towards the way of living, the behavior change activities may include weight loss, prevention from intense activities such as running, twisting or such activities that trigger knee pain and injury. Change in activities and reducing the stress on your knee might aid in relieving pain

Physical therapy

Light workout and physical therapy may be taken to strengthen tissues and improve mobility, workout may include muscle strengthening activities such as riding and stretching exercises, workout may restore your muscles and relieve pain

Medications

Knee arthritis is  caused by inflammation in the knee joint as the bones rub against each other because of the damaged cartilage tissues, reducing the swelling and damage of the tissues in the knee can give temporary comfort from pain and knee surgery can be delayed

Anti inflammatory drugs such as NSAID is prescribed to reduce inflammation of the joint. Other options may be Platelet rich plasma injections and steroid injections by injecting the agents directly into the inflamed joint

Joint fluid therapy

Drug therapies may have side effects and since the pain killers are only able to reduce pain to a certain limit

The Joint fluid therapy procedure is carried by introducing a series of injections directly into the knee joint. The therapy intends to improve greasing in the knee by replacing the synovial fluid that helps in lubrication of the knee. These treatments are ideal for candidates who have failed to treat arthritis from pain killers and physical therapy

Bracing

Wearing a brace may provide external support to the knee joint. Braces are instruments made of plastic, metal, leather or foam and are specifically designed to support knee joint, minimize pain and swelling. And strengthen the muscles of the knee. The braces put pressure on the surface of the knee allowing the joint to reorganize, which consequently cut back the friction between the bones and minimize pain and increase motion

Conclusion

There are several non surgical options for treating knee pain and arthritis, these methods can delay knee surgery  by granting short term relief. However, the drug therapy is concerned with several side effects

Non surgical procedures may also have limited results compared to the long-term results of knee surgery.

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