Knee Pain Treatment (Non-Surgical & Surgical)

Knee Pain Treatment Options

Knee pain can be a debilitating condition that can affect your ability to carry out everyday activities. While there are many causes of knee pain, including injury, arthritis, and overuse, there are also many treatments available. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of knee pain treatment, including non-surgical and surgical options.

Non-Surgical Knee Pain Treatment

  1. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation: If you have knee pain due to an injury, rest,  ice and compression can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Make sure to elevate your knee and apply ice for 20-30 minutes every few hours.
  2. Physical Therapy: Physical therapy can help improve knee strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Your therapist will create a personalized treatment  plan to help you recover and prevent future injuries.
  3. Pain Medication: Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation. If your pain is severe, your doctor may prescribe stronger pain medication.
  4. Injections: Corticosteroid injections can be used to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Hyaluronic acid injections can also be used to improve joint lubrication and reduce pain.
Runner training accident with joint pain, arthritis and tendon problems

Surgical Knee Pain Treatment

  1. Arthroscopic Surgery: Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses small incisions and a camera to diagnose and treat knee problems. This surgery can be used to repair torn ligaments or cartilage, remove loose fragments, and clean out damaged tissue.
  2. Partial Knee Replacement: If only one part of your knee is damaged, a partial knee replacement may be recommended. This surgery replaces only the damaged part of the knee joint, leaving the healthy parts intact.
  3. Total Knee Replacement: If your knee is severely damaged, a total knee replacement may be necessary. This surgery replaces the entire knee joint with an artificial joint made of metal and plastic.
  4. Osteotomy: Osteotomy is a surgical procedure used to realign the knee joint. This surgery is often used to treat knee arthritis and can help reduce pain and improve function.
  5. Subchondroplasty: This is a minimally invasive surgery that can address defects associated with pain causing chronic bone marrow lesions associated with osteoarthritis without hindering future treatment options of the knee joint. It is an outpatient treatment and recovery time is usually about six weeks.

As a board certified orthopedic surgeon in Maryland, Dr. Martin specializes in both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. If you are experiencing knee pain, schedule an appointment and speak with Dr. Martin to determine the best treatment option for you.