Leg/Knee Case 10 ED Management
NSAIDs and rest from repetitive strenuous activity are the mainstays of treatment. Patients should be encouraged to lose any excess weight and should initially follow with their primary doctors. Physical therapy, strengthening, and low impact exercises often provide the most relief. Supplementation with glucosamine and chondroitin is not definitively more effective than placebo.
If conservative therapy is ineffective, glucocorticoid steroid injections can be useful for acute flares, however, more than three injections are thought to actually worsen damage. Patients with advanced OA might require orthopedic intervention and joint replacement.