4 Treatments for Knee Pain that work (and 5 that don’t)

In a great summary found here, the team from JAMA summarized hundreds of medical research studies.  If you have knee arthritis, these things work:

  • Physical therapy
  • Low impact exercise (swimming and stationary bike)
  • NSAIDs like Aleve and Motrin
  • Weight loss
  • Total Knee Replacement

These things really don’t work and I don’t give them to my patients:

  • Shoe inserts
  • Glucosomine
  • Chondroitin
  • PRP (platelet rich plasma)
  • Stem-cell treatments
  • Gel injections

The bottom line:

If you have knee osteoarthritis, keep moving. Activity and gaining muscle strength are the best solution.