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Knees Articles

Can the right shoes relieve knee pain?

It appears that “unloading” shoes are no better at reducing pain or improving function than a good pair of walking shoes, according to a study published online July 12, 2016, by Annals of Internal Medicine.  (Locked) More »

Unlocking solutions to chronic knee pain

Knee pain is among the top reasons men visit their doctor. While most knee pain and soreness goes away with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications, if it becomes too severe or fails to improve in a timely manner, people may need to take further action. Lifestyle changes like weight loss, exercise modification, core strength training, and gait retraining can offer relief. However, if structural or mechanical issues cause pain, then arthroscopic surgery is often required.  (Locked) More »

Knee buckling raises the risk of falls

Knee buckling is common in people with knee pain and knee osteoarthritis and raises the risk of falls and injuries. Strengthening the quadriceps muscles and doing balance exercises may help improve knee stability and reduce buckling.  More »

Ask the doctor: Braces for knee arthritis

Although the medical research is mixed, men with knee arthritis may benefit from wearing a knee sleeve or an unloader brace to help relieve pain and improve the ability to perform certain activities. (Locked) More »

Got a bum knee? Here is what to do

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic knee pain, but there are other possibilities, such as overuse, injury, and non-arthritis conditions. The first person to talk to is your primary care doctor, who can identify the most likely reason for the pain and other symptoms and recommend either further testing or a visit with a joint specialist, or rheumatologist.  (Locked) More »

When do you need a new knee?

A knee replacement can relieve pain and restore function, but it requires a long period of rehabilitation. If you get one too soon, you may need a second replacement down the road. If you wait too long, you may have a more difficult recovery. (Locked) More »

Where does it hurt?

The Harvard Health Decision Guides help you determine the appropriate next steps to alleviate your pain. More »