Man doing lunges at the beach in Bauerfeind's GenuTrain OA Knee Brace as part of knee arthritis treatment without surgeryMan doing lunges at the beach in Bauerfeind's GenuTrain OA Knee Brace as part of knee arthritis treatment without surgery

Knee Arthritis Treatment Without Surgery

Knee arthritis often leads to inflammation, pain, stiffness, and, in some cases, bony growths known as osteophytes, which cause further pain and irritation. As a result, some seek surgery to find relief from the condition. However, depending on your condition, it may be possible to get knee arthritis treatment without surgery. Conservative methods like bracing, medication, and exercise can relieve symptoms and delay (if not entirely remove) the need for surgery.

ANATOMY OF KNEE ARTHRITIS

Knee arthritis may be post-traumatic (OA), degenerative (OA), or inflammatory (RA, Gout, Psoriatic). In degenerative and post-traumatic arthritis, the cartilage in your knee (responsible for cushioning and shock absorption) slowly wears away with time. In inflammatory cases, your immune system destroys the cartilage, or uric acid build-up causes issues with movement.

In any case, you’ll likely feel: 

  • Pain in the knee when walking on uneven surfaces, going up and down stairs or after sports.
  • Crunching and grinding sounds when the knee is moved.
  • Discomfort and irritation in the knee when carrying something heavy, during wet or cold weather and periods of exercise.
  • Stiffness after sitting or being still for extended periods of time.
  • Skin and nail changes (in the case of psoriatic arthritis)
  • Severe pain at night (in the case of gout)
  • Swelling (often present in psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis but not as common in OA)
  • Gait changes

The severity of these symptoms depends on how advanced your condition is. 

 

KNEE ARTHRITIS TREATMENT WITHOUT SURGERY

In some cases, treatment surgeries like knee replacement and diagnostic surgeries like arthroscopies may be unavoidable. However, depending on your condition and your doctor’s advice, you may be able to manage your condition without surgery. Here are some tips to do so:

 

EXERCISE

If you are suffering from arthritis, strengthening the knee and keeping the leg limber will relieve the pressure on the joint. Strength exercises will also help manage arthritis pain. 

The best exercises target the quads, hamstrings, and glutes, such as squats, chair dips, wall-sits, and step exercises. In more advanced cases, it is helpful to see a physiotherapist who can put together a targeted exercise plan for your needs. 

 

PHYSIOTHERAPY 

Along with an exercise plan to strengthen the knee joint, your physiotherapist can help relieve pain through myofascial release and other techniques. They’ll also help you monitor the condition’s progression and recommend any additional steps to manage it.

 

KNEE BRACES FOR ARTHRITIS 

GenuTrain OA 

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Knee braces can substantially relieve arthritis symptoms and even improve the function of affected joints.

 

MILD ARTHRITIS: GENUTRAIN A3

The GenuTrain A3 features a corrective strap for knee cap stability and a large gel pad that targets common pain areas. Its medical-grade compression weave provides relief and is comfortable enough to wear during any activity.

 

MODERATE ARTHRITIS: GENUTRAIN S

The GenuTrain S has hinged supports and adjustable strapping to help relieve pressure in the joint and protect the knee from painful movements, like going up and down stairs.

 

MODERATE OSTEOARTHRITIS: GENUTRAIN OA

Osteoarthritis typically affects one side of the knee more than the other, so an offloading brace like the GenuTrain OA can be a game changer. It is made from lightweight and elastic knit material and features soft compression, helping to improve blood circulation around the joint.

 

SEVERE ARTHRITIS: SECUTEC OA.

This brace completely unloads the knee, taking pressure off the joint to relieve the symptoms of even the most severe arthritis in any range of movement.

 

BEST DIET FOR KNEE ARTHRITIS 

Vitamins and supplements can help manage the pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. Vitamin D, Glucosamine, Omega-3 fatty acids, and curcumin all help reduce inflammation in the cartilage. They are best used in conjunction with physiotherapy and bracing to give your knee the most relief.

 

HOT AND COLD THERAPY 

Ice packs can help get swelling under control and relieve pain. Meanwhile, heat packs help relieve the stiffness often associated with the condition. While these can be effective for managing some arthritis symptoms, they should always be used alongside active management methods like exercise and bracing.

More Information

If you require assistance selecting the right product for your needs or wearing the brace, call us on 1300 668 466 or contact us via live chat.

Do you have private health? Most private health extras will cover Bauerfeind products. Check to see if yours is included: Bauerfeind Private Health Insurance Inquiry

 

Bauerfeind was founded in 1929, and since then, we've worked tirelessly to develop and improve our extensive range of award-winning braces, insoles, and compression products. Our mission is to provide you with top-of-the-line supports so you can reach your fitness goals or live life without pain holding you back.

Every product is designed and produced entirely in our innovation and manufacturing facilities in Germany with the guidance of doctors, clinics, and orthopaedic technicians and are trusted by athletes worldwide.

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