Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Yes, you probably should. In general, moving is better than not moving. Of course, it's important no to overdo it.
Exercise can help you maintain optimal body weight and that puts less stress on your knees; it will also help you maintain the range of motion you have, and it will help strengthen muscles (to help take stress off your joints). A physical therapist can help design an exercise program that is good for your knees.
Other non-medication options include acupuncture, changing footwear, wearing splints or braces, and massage. Although many of these are unproven for osteoarthritis, future research could prove their benefit.
Have you tried taking acetaminophen (example: Tylenol) for your osteoarthritis?