5 misconceptions about knee pain you need to know:
- Does wearing a brace help?
- Does glucosamine and chondroitin help for knee OA?
- Should I get a massage?
- Do hyaluronic acid injections help for knee OA?
- Should I get imaging done to determine if I have knee OA for sure?
My name is Ryan Seifert – A physical therapist and knee pain expert at Natural Fit Therapy here in Austin Texas.
At our clinic, we’ve successfully treated many people who were struggling with knee pain. In this blog, I wanted to share with you the 5 most common misconceptions we hear all the time.
Lets get started!
Does wearing a brace help?
Does glucosamine and chondroitin help for knee OA?
There is no evidence to support glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation for knee OA. However, some of our clients swear by it. This seems to be very individualized. If you try it and feel like it works, by all means continue. If you don’t see much change, stop wasting your money.
Should I get a massage?
Massages can be a wonderful short-term solution. Pain in a joint often causes nearby muscles to spasm as a self-protection response. A massage can offer relief to muslces that are spasmed and tight. However, if the underlying issue of weakness, tightness (massage doesn’t stretch muscles), or misalignment isn’t resolved, your knee pain will most likely continue to creep back into the picture.
Do hyaluronic acid injections help for knee OA?
There is not enough evidence to support hyaluronic acid injections as a solution for knee OA. While some small studies exist, at this time, this treatment lacks the high-quality research required to widely recommend hyaluronic acid injections.
Should I get imaging done to determine if I have knee OA for sure?
Here is what you need to do if you struggling with knee pain: