Doctor’s Whiteboard: Staying Active with Knee Pain (Video Transcript)


All of us from time to time experience pain in our knees—especially after exercising or gardening or after a hard day’s work.

A very common cause of knee pain is a condition called osteoarthritis (or OA), and it’s one of the most prevalent forms of arthritis, affecting millions of people every year. People who have physically demanding jobs or athletes may be more at risk for developing OA, but the condition can happen to anyone.

Inside the knee, OA primarily affects the cartilage, which acts as a shock absorber every time you take a step, and the synovial fluid, which helps keep your knee joint lubricated. As OA progresses, these tissues become damaged and stop functioning like they’re supposed to.

So what can you do to get relief?

In the early stages of the condition, there are a number of lifestyle changes and non-invasive treatments that can help you live with less pain and continue doing many of the activities you enjoy, including running, hiking, and working outdoors.

First off is diet and weight loss: For every pound of weight a person loses, they take several times that amount off their knees.

Exercise and strength training can also help increase mobility.

Over the counter and prescription pain relievers can provide some short-term relief.

Your doctor may also suggest one of several injectable options for OA that can be performed in the office. Some of these treatments can help reduce pain and swelling for a couple of weeks. There are also injectable therapies that actually supplement the synovial fluid inside the knee joint and can provide several months of relief.

If you’re interested in knowing more about treating OA of the knee, take a look at the information we have here at Healthline or make an appointment with your doctor.