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Knee Pain Treatment: Medical and Home Remedies

April 29, 2020


What Type of Doctor for Joint Pain Provides the Best Treatment?

Knee pain is universally unpleasant, but it’s not universally treated. Since the knee harbors bones, ligaments, tendons, joints, muscles, and cartilage, any one of those things can cause pain. In addition, illnesses like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and cancer can trigger pain in the knees. So, before you try a home remedy or book a surgery, see a pain specialist to find the root of your pain.

 Pain Treatment Specialists is a team of Harvard-educated pain experts who see the full picture. We offer non-invasive, innovative solutions for knee pain treatment without surgery or narcotic medicine. It’s important to partner with a pain specialist who provides the best medical solutions and offers follow-up care, complete with home remedies for pain between visits. Our team treats everything from a minor injury to chronic Osteoarthritis in knees. Whether you have pain behind the knee, inside knee pain, a knee injury, or a swollen knee, we’ll determine the best course of treatment to quickly relieve knee pain.

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In-Office vs. At-Home Knee Pain Treatment

In some cases, home remedies are sufficient. For example, if you spent the day bending and squatting while laying tile or working in the garden, your knees may just need a little rest or acetaminophen. But, if your knee pain persists each time you garden or lay tile, there may be more damage to investigate. If the pain persists beyond a week with self-care, it’s time to see a knee joint pain specialist. In addition, if your knee pain is accompanied by red flags like fever, weakness, swelling, or inability to bear weight, see a pain specialist right away.


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How to Manage Arthritis Pain in Knee Medically and At Home

It’s a common source of knee pain, but many wonder, “What is arthritis, exactly?” Arthritis is a chronic condition with over 100 subtypes. Two of the most common are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). OA and RA can both cause significant knee pain. Arthritis is not something to self-diagnose or treat alone. In fact, it can be tough to diagnose and medical care is essential. Once you have a firm diagnosis, doctors provide medical treatment and self-care suggestions.

RA is an inflammatory autoimmune form of arthritis that strikes in flares and goes into remission. It’s more cyclical than progressive. RA can flare in multiple joints at once and often attacks both sides of the body, like both knees. RA is a systemic disease which can affect other organs like the eyes, heart, and lungs. It’s important to partner with a pain specialist to target Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms.

In-Office Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis:


Your doctor will diagnose RA by checking your joints for swelling, redness, or warmth, as well as checking reflexes and strength. At Pain Treatment Specialists, we perform lab tests to check for elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rates, C-reactive protein, and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies, any of which can signify RA, from the inflammatory process. X-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds are also used to determine the severity of disease in your body. Fortunately, many medical treatments for RA are very effective.

In-Office Treatment:

  • Corticosteroid Injections or prescriptions to reduce inflammation
  • Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy
  • Prescription of DMARDs (Enbrell, Orencia, Humira) to slow progression
  • Surgeries like joint repair (a last resort, and often outpatient)

At-Home Knee Pain Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief:

While there is no cure for RA, a pain specialist provides significant relief. Our team of caring physicians forms relationships with each patient, complete with follow-up care. Here are remedies you can try from the comfort of home if advised by your doctor.

At-Home Treatment:

  • Exercise and weight loss to reduce pressure on knees
  • NSAIDs (Advil, Motrin, Aleve) to reduce inflammation
  • Heat/Ice Therapy to treat pain and swelling as directed
  • Stretching for strength and mobility
  • Balanced Rest- too much causes stiffness; not enough causes pain

Managing an Arthritis Flare Up of Osteoarthritis

OA, or “wear and tear” arthritis, is progressively degenerative. It can strike just one joint, but that increases risk of developing it in others. Unlike RA, OA is not systemic and won’t affect bodily organs. It occurs unilaterally more often than RA. A flare-up of RA is triggered by the immune system, whereas a “flare-up” of OA is linked to cumulative damage. In-office and at-home treatments for OA and RA have similarities, but also important differences.

In-Office Treatment for Osteoarthritis:


Osteoarthritis is the most common form, affecting over 30 million US adults. Doctors look for similar symptoms to RA like pain, stiffness, and swelling. However, unlike RA, there’s no blood test to confirm OA. Doctors perform blood work to rule out conditions like RA. They may test fluid from your knee to rule out infection. Imaging isn’t always needed to diagnose OA, but X-rays and MRIs detect severity of cartilage loss.

In-Office Treatment:

  • Corticosteroid Injections or prescriptions reduce inflammation
  • Lubricant Injections cushion the knee and relieve pain
  • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Prescription pain treatment (like Cymbalta)
  • Bone Realignment or Joint Replacement (a last resort)

At-Home Osteoarthritis Relief:

Once your doctor has accurately diagnosed Osteoarthritis, they’ll recommend at-home knee pain treatments. Always check with your doctor before trying any home remedies for OA.

At-Home Treatment:

  • Exercise and weight loss to reduce pressure on knees
  • Heat/Ice Therapy for pain as directed
  • Gentle stretching like yoga
  • Pain relievers like Tylenol, Capsaicin, or Ibuprofen
  • Braces or shoe inserts to relieve knee joint pressure
  • Assistive devices like canes to unburden knees

In-Office and At-Home Treatments for Non-Arthritic Knee Pain

OA and RA commonly cause knee pain, but there are countless causes of painful knees. If you fall or sustain an injury, knee pain may be acute or chronic if untreated. Fractures, breaks, strains, and tears require medical attention.

Pain from strenuous exercise or labor may resolve with home remedies or may develop into Tendonitis, Bursitis, or Patellar Syndromes without treatment. In some cases, pain signifies a serious issue like Septic Arthritis, Sarcoma, or infection. In any case, when knee pain persists, see a doctor who offers in-office and at-home treatments for pain.

Common Treatments for Knee Pain

Pain Treatment Specialists takes a comprehensive medical history and performs tests as needed to pinpoint the cause of pain. We then offer gentle, outpatient procedures with minimal side effects and downtime. Here are some options for knee pain.

 In-Office Treatment:

  • Steroid Knee Injections for inflammation
  • Lubricant Injections for mobility and pain
  • Genicular Nerve Blocks for pain
  • Radiofrequency Ablation of Genicular Nerve
  • Physical Therapy for mobility
  • Prescription NSAIDs for pain and swelling
  • “Knee water removal” to reduce fluid
  • Surgery if needed

At-Home Treatment:

  • R.I.C.E.- Protect, rest, ice, compress, and elevate
  • Supportive shoes and assistive walking devices
  • Low-impact exercise for pain and stiffness
  • Weight management to unburden knees
  • Pain relief like Tylenol and Ibuprofen
  • Heat/Ice Therapy as directed
  • Proper posture to protect knees


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Scheduling a consultation with one of our pain treatment specialists is one of the best ways to determine the proper solution for pain relief.

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Dr. George Hanna

Harvard Medical School | NY & NJ Pain Specialist

Dr. George Hanna is a nationally recognized pain management specialist and double Certified in anesthesiology, as well as interventional pain management and pain medicine.

Dr. Hanna received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed anesthesiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard Medical School and a pain management fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hanna was then appointed Clinical Instructor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School – training new graduates for over 3 years in anesthesiology and pain management techniques at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

Harvard Medical School | NY & NJ Pain Specialist

Dr. Michael Nguyen is world renowned in Pain Medicine. Dr. Michael completed his residency and advanced Pain fellowship training at Harvard Medical School.

During his tenure at Harvard, Dr. Michael was awarded the “Mentor of the Year” and also “Teacher of the Year” award. After graduating, Dr. Michael taught for two years at Harvard – training new graduates on the latest modern advances in interventional pain management for multiple pain ailments.

You can book a consultation with Dr. Michael at our Pain Treatment Center in New York or NJ.

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Dr. Shane J. Volney

Harvard Medical School | NY Pain Specialist

Dr. Volney is passionately devoted to improving the quality of life of his patients through a unique, balanced approach to pain relief treatment. Understanding the major impact of pain on an individual’s energy, sleep, mood, relationships, and general well-being.

Dr. Volney is double board certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He is currently seeing patients at our Pain Treatment Centers in New Jersey and New York City. Most pain treatments are covered by all major medical insurances and Medicare.

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Dr. Laura Lombardi

Harvard Medical School | New Jersey Pain Specialist

Dr. Lombardi is double board certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. She specializes in the treatment of back, neck, and joint pain. By using a range of minimally invasive modalities as well as advanced procedures, she helps patients achieve a pain free life without the need for complicated surgeries. 

Dr. Lombardi will be offering her pain treatment services in Clifton, New Jersey. 

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Knee Pain Treatment: Medical and Home Remedies ultima modifica: 2020-04-29T08:03:41-04:00 da JJ Madrigal