Osteoarthritis Knee Treatment: Alleviating Knee Pain in Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the leading cause of chronic pain and disability among older adults in the US. A staggering 37% of Americans over 60 experience chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis. OA is a degenerative joint disease that primarily affects the knees. It causes the cartilage in the joints to wear down, leading to pain, stiffness, inflammation, and reduced mobility. These symptoms can significantly impact daily life, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks and enjoy activities. While there is no cure for OA, there are effective treatments available to manage the pain and improve mobility. With recent medical advances and more powerful imaging technology, our affiliated physicians offer genicular artery embolization (GAE), a minimally invasive-image guided procedure with fewer complications and quicker recovery times that is a less invasive alternative to traditional knee surgery.

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Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis

At American Knee Pain Centers, our priority is ensuring that you are well-informed about the various treatment options available for knee osteoarthritis. If you are struggling with worsening knee pain that impacts your daily activities, seeking treatment is crucial. Before exploring minimally invasive alternatives for addressing knee osteoarthritis, your primary care physician may initially recommend lifestyle adjustments and non-surgical interventions to manage symptoms, alleviate pain, and enhance joint functionality. While these approaches offer temporary relief, American Knee Pain Centers offer a more enduring solution for knee osteoarthritis through genicular artery embolization. Our affiliated physicians will assess your symptoms and tailor a treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs, ensuring a more lasting resolution for knee osteoarthritis.

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and improve overall joint health. Here are some lifestyle changes that may be beneficial for managing your knee pain.

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Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Excess body weight places additional stress on weight-bearing joints, such as the knees. By maintaining a healthy weight, you reduce the load on your knees, potentially alleviating pain and slowing down the progression of osteoarthritis. A balanced diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, can contribute to weight management.

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Regular Exercise

Engaging in regular, low-impact exercises is essential for managing osteoarthritis knee pain. Exercise helps maintain joint flexibility, strengthens surrounding muscles, and promotes overall joint health. Activities like walking, swimming, and cycling are excellent choices. A physical therapist can guide you in developing an exercise routine that suits your condition and goals.

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Hot and Cold Therapy

Hot and cold therapy may be effective in managing pain and inflammation. Applying heat to the affected knee increases blood flow, promoting relaxation and reducing stiffness. Cold packs, on the other hand, numb pain and help minimize swelling. Alternating between hot and cold applications can provide a comprehensive approach to pain relief.

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Orthotics and Proper Footwear

Shoe inserts (orthotics) can help redistribute pressure on the knee joint and help absorb shock. Wearing supportive and cushioned footwear with proper arch support can also contribute to improved joint alignment and reduced stress on the knees.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Pain Management

Non-surgical treatments for knee osteoarthritis pain aim to relieve symptoms, improve function, and slow down the progression of the disease. Although these treatments may be effective, they only provide temporary relief from your symptoms.

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Pain Medications

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation. However, long-term use should be monitored due to potential side effects. Topical pain relief creams, gels, or patches containing NSAIDs or other pain-relieving agents can also be applied directly to the skin over the knee to improve pain and limit medication use.

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is one of the first approaches to managing knee osteoarthritis, aiming to alleviate pain and enhance joint function. A physical therapist can design an exercise program tailored to your knee pain, focusing on strengthening the muscles around the knee and improving joint flexibility.

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Cortisone Shots

Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that can provide rapid relief when injected directly into the knee joint. While effective for short-term pain management, the frequency of injections may be limited due to potential side effects.

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Hyaluronic Acid Injections

Viscosupplementation involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the joint to improve lubrication and cushioning. These injections can enhance joint function and alleviate pain temporarily, particularly for those with mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

Genicular Artery Embolization: Knee Pain Relief Without Surgery

At American Knee Pain Centers, we’re not just knee pain specialists, we’re pioneers in minimally invasive treatments for knee osteoarthritis to help find you relief from knee pain. While lifestyle changes and non-surgical treatments can alleviate pain temporarily, they don’t always address the root of the problem. Genicular artery embolization (GAE) targets the source of your pain with minimal risk and downtime, providing pain relief for up to three years and a less invasive alternative to knee replacement surgery. Take a look at the comparisons below to see how GAE outperforms other non-surgical treatments and traditional surgeries, highlighting the advantages it offers over these procedures.

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Genicular Artery Embolization (GAE)

Genicular artery embolization is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure used to treat osteoarthritis knee pain without the need for surgery. During GAE, tiny particles are injected into the genicular arteries to reduce blood flow to the inner lining of the knee joint, improving inflammation and pain. Patients experience significant relief from chronic knee pain and an improvement in osteoarthritis symptoms, such as swelling, stiffness, and range of motion.

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GAE vs. Cortisone Shots

Cortisone injections target inflammation directly, providing quick relief for knee pain and discomfort and increased joint mobility. Unlike cortisone shots that provide temporary relief lasting only 2-3 months, GAE offers a more lasting solution, minimizing knee pain for a substantial period of 1-3 years.

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GAE vs. Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery involves replacing damaged knee joints with durable, artificial implants that provide relief for chronic and severe knee pain due to osteoarthritis. While knee replacement surgery involves significant recovery time and potential complications, GAE offers a minimally invasive approach, providing relief from knee pain without the need for a more invasive joint replacement procedure.

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What is the Best Treatment for Osteoarthritis in Knees?

For those dealing with knee osteoarthritis, genicular artery embolization offers an effective solution for chronic knee pain. This minimally invasive procedure, led by an interventional radiologist, reduces the risk of complications and directly targets the cause of your knee pain. GAE is a same-day procedure and is typically done on an outpatient basis, allowing for a quick return to regular activities and a shorter recovery time. It provides efficient relief from knee pain and addresses osteoarthritis symptoms, making it a practical choice for those seeking a streamlined and effective resolution to knee pain without the need for major surgery.

What to Expect from Genicular Artery Embolization

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No hospital stay
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Same-day procedure
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Fewer complications
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Short recovery time
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Improved knee function and range of motion
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Reduced knee pain and inflammation
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Symptom improvement for 1 to 3 years

Osteoarthritis Treatment Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cure for osteoarthritis?

There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but effective management strategies can help control symptoms and improve the quality of life for individuals with the condition.

How is osteoarthritis treated?

Treatment for osteoarthritis typically involves a combination of lifestyle adjustments, medications, physical therapy, and, when necessary, surgical interventions. However, genicular artery embolization (GAE) has emerged as a highly effective, minimally invasive alternative for knee osteoarthritis, particularly when conventional treatments prove ineffective or if you wish to avoid knee replacement surgery.

What are the goals of osteoarthritis treatment?

The goals include relieving pain, improving joint function, and slowing down the progression of the disease.

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Our Knee Pain Specialists

Whether your knee osteoarthritis results from years of wear and tear or a sports injury, our team of knee pain specialists in New York and New Jersey offers personalized diagnoses, tailor-made treatment plans, and access to cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures like genicular artery embolization. The following affiliated interventional radiologists are available at our locations.

Find Relief at Our Knee Pain Centers in NY & NJ

Don’t endure knee pain any longer – we’re here to help. American Knee Pain Centers specializes in treating knee osteoarthritis to relieve painful symptoms. Our centers accept most major insurance plans and offer flexible appointment scheduling for your convenience. Take a step towards relief by visiting one of our affiliated knee pain centers in New York or New Jersey.

Queens, NY
28-18 31st Street
Queens, NY 11102
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505 East 116th Street Suite 400
Harlem, NY 10029
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Brooklyn, NY 11231
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347 Mount Pleasant Avenue
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22:17 27 Dec 23
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20:17 20 Dec 23
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22:53 13 Dec 23
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21:58 28 Nov 23
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22:07 17 Nov 23
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22:14 15 Nov 23
I like the doctor they were kind of pretty thorough he says that he could help me he found out the filter in my abdomen from the surgery I had in 1996 has been clogging my blood flow for 25 years and that’s causing the swelling at every other doctor told me was lymphedema it was not lymphedema it caused the lymphedema because no other doctor took the time or care enough to find out the reason for my leg swelling this doctor was the only one who finally found out and he’s going to see if you could put a stent inside the filter to open it up and and stop my legs from swelling hopefully this will all go good it hasn’t happened yet but I’ll keep you posted thankful for this docto I just pray and hope that it works otherwise I like the doctor very much
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21:01 27 Oct 23
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20:54 27 Oct 23
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21:01 23 Oct 23
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17:04 08 Oct 23
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21:13 18 Sep 23
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21:26 22 Aug 23
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22:03 21 Jul 23
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Claude Jean Pierre
Claude Jean Pierre
22:38 18 Jul 23
Follow up to a procedure. Dr Mobley and his staff are great and always helpful
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DanLiza Diehl
21:25 10 Jul 23
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Luis Sarria
Luis Sarria
12:16 29 Jun 23
I had a good experience with my procedure and Dr. Mobley’s follow-up calls are great. I’ve never had a doctor who has been so concerned about following up after a procedure to see how I’m doing and if there are any post-procedure problems I may have experienced (which there aren’t). I’d highly recommend Dr. Mobley.
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16:42 23 Jun 23
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15:57 23 Jun 23
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16:26 15 Jun 23
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23:16 07 Jun 23
Dr Shams was very attentive and explained everything in detail. The staff was very nice, the staff/nurse were all so very helpful, It was a Monday morning and I didn’t expect such happy staff.
Stacy Lebeau
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21:22 06 Jun 23
He puts his patients before himself, returning calls and e-mails quickly. Not only is he kind and considerate, he is an excellent physician. I had to have a procedure that requires me to be awake, and he talked me through it and kept me at ease. If I could give him more stars, I would.
Super friendly, tentative, once in the procedure rm the sx staff made you feel comfortable, easy,+ answered all questions. David mobley, MD answered all my questions, very informative, caring. I felt confident in his care
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Thais Bini
21:22 30 May 23
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Joan Jurica
14:46 30 May 23
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21:09 24 May 23
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Cruz Figueroa
03:06 08 May 23
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02:08 13 Apr 23
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21:25 30 Mar 23
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10:09 30 Mar 23
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Margo A Williams
Margo A Williams
19:19 29 Mar 23
This has been the best medical experience I’ve had in over thirty years. I was nervous to have a procedure after only knowing about my condition a year ago. They made this process so easy for me that I’m in shock that I had no pain, no discomfort thanks to an excellent doctor and professional staff! Thank you all and best of luck to your practice.
Stacey Marius
Stacey Marius
14:16 29 Mar 23
The doctor was very nice and professional. He explained the tests that I need and why I need them.
Judith AndersonNeal
Judith AndersonNeal
22:12 27 Mar 23
This was the best experience I have had in such a long time and I have had quite a few procedures in the past both in patient and out including the procedure I was currently present for. No other surgeon has been so kind, transparent, and gentle. Not only did he personally come out beforehand to provide me with education on my procedure, but he talked me through every step of the way and made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. Not to mention his amazing staff! Despite being extremely nervous they kept me smiling and laughing throughout the whole process. 10/10 would recommend. Thank you so much guys!!
Riah L.
Riah L.
13:49 22 Mar 23
Excellent bedside manners and the procedure was a breeze.
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18:26 20 Mar 23
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Ruthy Ochoa
04:17 03 Mar 23
Excellent, Patience, don’t Rush you to be finished. The Doctor explains everything and answers your questions. I would Recommend Dr.Sham service anytime, they are. Great!
Debra Farmer
Debra Farmer
00:16 01 Mar 23
I went with my mom who just had a hip surgery. The whole team was very caring, nice and very professional. I did appreciate that the surgeon took the time to explain to me what was wrong with my mom’s arm and what he did to fix it.
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mouna khalyat
14:37 24 Feb 23
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James Young
James Young
19:33 22 Feb 23
Although I didn’t meet with the doctor, the receptionist, assistant and nurse were great.
Theresa Gaines
Theresa Gaines
13:25 13 Feb 23
Every thing and the process are being done properly ..Terissa you are very Carey ..thank you so much every body are very polite and very professional.. Thank you so much to Dr.Mobley..God blessed you all .🙏🙏🙏👍
Remigio Ruda
Remigio Ruda
03:28 31 Jan 23
Very knowledgeable, personable and professional. I came to Dr. Mobley to correct another surgeons work and I was pleased with the outcome. There is a Hispanic woman that runs things in the O.R.She is great! The whole staff is wonderful and caring.Highly recommend
Lakesha Kingdom
Lakesha Kingdom
15:57 17 Jan 23
I had a wonderful PA take care of me, & the nurses were very sweet. I was happy with my visit
Aurora Anello
Aurora Anello
19:20 10 Jan 23
Everything always goes well.staff are very caring.
Lillian Rodriguez
Lillian Rodriguez
19:00 11 Dec 22
Excellent Doctor he explains the procedure process so that it is understandable and comfortable for the patient!
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T. J.
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