Know your treatment options for finding knee pain relief.


If you are diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatment options to reduce your symptoms.

Lifestyle changes

These changes may include moderate exercise, diet and weight control, and other activities that can help reduce stress on your joints.

Pain relievers

This can include both oral pain relievers in pill form, as well as topical pain-relieving creams that are applied to the skin.

Options include:

  • Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol®)
  • NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve® and Motrin®)
  • COX-2 inhibitors (e.g. Celebrex®)

Physical and occupational therapy

Stretches and exercises lead by a professional to strengthen muscles and improve mobility.

Viscosupplement injections

Also called hyaluronic acid injections, a substance similar to healthy joint fluid is injected into the knee to supplement damaged joint fluid and reduce pain.

Synvisc-One® (hylan G-F 20) is a viscosupplement that helps lubricate and cushion the knee joint, and can provide up to six months of osteoarthritis knee pain relief.

Steroid injections

These are used to temporarily relieve pain and reduce any swelling.


Often recommended when knee pain is severe and other treatments have not provided relief. 

PLEASE NOTE: "Tylenol is a registered trademark of The Tylenol Company. Aleve is a registered trademark of Bayer Healthcare, LLC. Motrin is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson. Celebrex is a registered trademark of G.D. Searle, LLC."

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