Knee pain is one of the most common maladies that bring patients into an arthritis specialist0s office. While there are many causes, the most common in people over the age of 35 is osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.
The treatment for osteoarthritis involves a comprehensive approach employing patient education, maintenance of ideal weight, strengthening exercises for the quadriceps muscles (muscles in the front of the thigh) as well as the hamstring muscles (muscles in the back of the thigh. Avoidance or reduction of activities
that aggravate knee pain may also be required. For example, an auto mechanic who spends a lot of time in a crouched position or a carpet layer who kneels a lot may need to modify what they do. Another example may be to have a person who enjoys long-distance running reduce the amount of training they do or cross train using other activities such as cycling or using an elliptical trainer.
While anti-inflammatory medications can help, many people are either sensitive to these drugs or simply don0t want to take them. So what else can be done? Many people aren0t aware that something as simple as an ice pack applied to the knee for 10-15 minutes twice a day