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How do you deal with severe arthritis in the knees on a day to day basis?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine
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In brief: Stay active

Arthritis is like rust in the joint.
Activity and flexibility can help keep the joint mobile and lubricated. Unless contraindicated, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can be very helpful. Some people get good relief from glucosamine chondrointin, but evidence is conflicting. Talk to your doctor, an injection of cortisone or a series of injections with medications like synvisc may also be helpful.

In brief: Stay active

Arthritis is like rust in the joint.
Activity and flexibility can help keep the joint mobile and lubricated. Unless contraindicated, tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can be very helpful. Some people get good relief from glucosamine chondrointin, but evidence is conflicting. Talk to your doctor, an injection of cortisone or a series of injections with medications like synvisc may also be helpful.
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Few things

First, weight loss if overweight (dramatically lessens load on arthritic knees).
Gentle progressive walking program or physical therapy if muscles deconditioned. Pain medications (over the counter or prescription rx). If rx fail, cortisone injections or hyaluronic acid injections into the knees. Last resort is knee replacement surgery.

In brief: Few things

First, weight loss if overweight (dramatically lessens load on arthritic knees).
Gentle progressive walking program or physical therapy if muscles deconditioned. Pain medications (over the counter or prescription rx). If rx fail, cortisone injections or hyaluronic acid injections into the knees. Last resort is knee replacement surgery.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Dr. Pierre Moeser
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