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I am a well-scarred veteran of the knee wars. Even before my total knee replacement on the left side, I’d had multiple arthroscopic procedures and numerous office visits to address knee pain. It’s really not surprising. Knees can be damaged both by osteoarthritis as well as rheumatoid arthritis, so even if you don’t develop inflammatory arthritis, simple wear and tear over the years will take its toll on your knees. Even everyday activities can cause strain and sprains on these weight-bearing joints.

Well before surgery is even contemplated, doctors have a number of therapies available to them including physical therapy, bracing, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and similar manual techniques. There are also three frontline weapons in the physician’s arsenal involving needles. I am living proof that all three of these can provide welcome relief.

Read the rest of the post on RheumatoidArthritis.net here: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/knees-and-needles/