What is the best initial treatment for knee osteoarthritis? As a general rule the best initial treatment is likely weight loss. It leads to less pain and stress on the knees. Some sort of regular leg, hip, and core strengthening activities to help stabilize the knee as well are essential
The over-the-counter supplements such as glucosamine chondroitin, omega-3, and turmeric have such a low risk profile and can help with knee arthritis pain those should be considered as well. They are preferred compared to daily non steroidal medications and narcotics, both which have much greater associated risks. To me those are your first and foremost treatments that you should consider if you have knee arthritis. After that it’s on a case by case basis what should be used next.
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