Best Treatment for Arthritis in Both Knees

Question

What is the best treatment for arthritis in both knees? I have severe difficulty standing, walking and bending both knees.

Answer

To answer your question, your doctor needs to determine what type of arthritis you have in your knees. If this is due to the most common form of  arthritis, osteoarthritis, then treatment options include acetaminophen, NSAIDs, topical therapies, intra-articular injections, and physical therapy. If this is due to an inflammatory arthritis (such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis) then treatment options include immunosuppressive agents such as methotrexate or biologics.  Ultimately, if there is severe destruction, pain, and disability from either type of arthritis, knee replacement surgery can be an option.

Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS

About Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University