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Unlocking solutions to chronic knee pain

These options may help you find relief from constant discomfort.

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Knee pain is one of the top reasons men visit their doctor. While the pain and soreness often can go away with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications, if it becomes too severe or fails to abate in a timely manner, you may need to take further action.

"If your knee pain is not a result of some kind of structural or mechanical issue that requires surgery, or due to osteoarthritis, there are other options that may help eliminate or better control the pain," says Dr. Lars Richardson, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

"It depends on the person, the source of the pain, and its severity, but sometimes applying certain treatments and making lifestyle modifications can offer relief."

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