Pharmacological Knee Treatment
Our NYC orthopedic knee doctors understand non-surgical knee treatments
One of the most common non-surgical knee injury treatments for knee pain or knee injuries involves treating someone with pain medications and other pharmacological methods. This might sound straightforward, but it’s very important that you seek the guidance of an experienced knee surgeon to make sure you’re treating your knee injury in the safest, most effective way.
Our board-certified, New York orthopedic knee surgeons at IMC Bone Doc examine you and determine if pharmacological knee treatment is the best way to treat you or whether you should undergo another type of knee injury medical procedure. We know what to do because our doctors at Island Musculoskeletal Care have more than 100 years of combined medical experience. Best of all, you can often receive all your medical care at one, convenient location.
What is a pharmacological knee treatment?
Over the counter and prescription medications are often used to effectively treat a variety of knee injuries and chronic knee pain. Pharmacological knee treatment is also frequently used to help relieve pain for people suffering from degenerative diseases, like arthritis, or lingering pain due to traumatic knee injuries or sports injuries.
Our doctors have extensive experience helping people with severe knee pain. We know how to manage pain effectively through use of medications, as well as minimally invasive procedures, including injecting pain-relieving gels into the knee, which can often delay the need for knee replacement surgery.
Sometimes, drugs are prescribed to patients after undergoing a surgical knee procedure. Other times, medications are prescribed as an alternative to surgery. Some of the most common pharmacological interventions used to treat knee pain or knee injuries include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – Known as NSAIDs, these pain relief medications are often used to reduce inflammation, pain and swelling in the knee. It is important to carefully monitor the use of NSAIDs since they can cause hepatotoxicity due to taking too large a quantity of these drugs and overdosing. These drugs can also be extremely harmful if patients have a history of liver disease. Side effects are also often common and can be compounded if a patient is also taking other medications, including anticoagulants, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin 2 receptor blockers, diuretics or oral corticosteroids.
- Opioids – If you suffer from severe knee pain or experience serious side effects due to other medications, your doctor may prescribe opioids for your medical condition. There can be dangerous side effects (vomiting, dizziness, etc.) linked to opioids, however, which can also be highly addictive. That’s why your doctor should carefully consider all your available options before prescribing opioid medications to treat your knee injury or illness.
- Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs – Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are designed to reduce the progression of a disease and offer relief from many of the painful side effects of knee injuries or chronic, degenerative medical conditions, like arthritis in the knee. DMARDs are often used in conjunction with other medications.
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You have suffered long enough. Learn more about whether a pharmaceutical knee treatment plan is right for you. Contact us and make an appointment with one of our experienced, New York orthopedic knee surgeons. Many of our doctors have same day appointments available on short notice.
Don’t delay. Contact us online or call 1-888-BONE-DOC (266-3362). We can examine you and determine exactly what’s wrong with you. We have seven offices conveniently located in greater New York City and Long Island. Each office is equipped with its own MRI machine. Count on our New York knee surgeons when you need us most. We’re here for you.