Although opting to have knee surgery may be the only solution for some conditions, there are plenty of alternatives when it comes to managing and treating joint pain. Just a few lifestyle tweaks or trying something new can really make the difference for some people. Of course, it depends on each individual case, however you may want to have a go at some of the below if you want to avoid going under the knife for knee surgery.

Hyaluronic acid injections: These injections, such as Viscosupplementation, provide the joint with a naturally occurring lubricant. The results include a reduction in pain and increased function, with the injections even helping to delay knee surgery for some patients. Call 0207 1181 771 today to see how hyaluronic injections can help you cope with joint pain.

Weight Loss: If you lose a mere 15lbs, this can actually cut knee pain in half. Dropping the pounds is one way to lighten the load on your weight bearing joints, such as your hips and your knees. This then puts less pressure on the joints and makes it easier for them to move. Even if you do end up having knee surgery further down the line, losing weight will help to speed up your rehabilitation and put less strain on the knees in general.

Exercise: Strengthening the muscles that surround your knee joint is a great way to help support it. Free and easy movements help to keep the joint well lubricated and fluid, which all contributes to general joint health. Strong muscles will also help to relieve any joint pressure you may have.

Corticosteroid Injections: These are injections that you would have in the joint itself that would work against inflammation. This can help to alleviate any pain you may be experiencing.

Electrical Stimulation: This treatment is used on the quadriceps muscles on the front of your thigh, as these are the main muscles that support your knee joint. Electrical stimulation works to reduce knee pain and has even been said to regenerate cartilage cells.

Acupuncture: A favourite Far East alternative therapy, acupuncture involves placing small needles in the skin at very specific trigger points. This is said to help control and manage pain, although the results can vary depending on the person.

Have you tried any of these treatments? What did you think of the results? Would you recommend them to anyone?