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I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knees and had arthroscopic surgery 10 years ago on my left knee. I now have severe pain in my left knee and have been told the only option is a knee replacement. Are there any alternative treatments?
There is no cure for arthritis but there are non-surgical treatments available. Oral anti-inflammatory medications are often helpful in reducing symptoms of pain, swelling, stiffness, etc. Injectable medicines – Synvisc, Hyalgan, Euflexxa – can sometimes provide a number of months of symptom relief. Cortisone can be used occasionally for short-term relief. All of these treatments help relieve symptoms and do not cure the arthritis you have, and eventually the arthritis may get bad enough that these modalities don’t help. That is when knee replacement comes into the picture. Talk to your doctor to see if you are a candidate for any of these non-surgical treatments.