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Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Okay, that's important to know. Sometimes, if the osteoarthritis is severe and these other treatments do not work, surgery may be the only option that is likely to help much. You may choose not to pursue surgical therapies, but that could mean having to tolerate a fair amount of discomfort, reduced function or the side effects of more powerful pain medicines.

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Review all your options with your doctors. If they've all been failed and surgery would not be considered, combinations of treatments or alternative therapy (such as acupuncture or chiropractic care) may help.

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