The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints in the human body. Whether it be from wear and tear, osteoarthritis, daily life, or sports injuries it is quite common for people to spend many years of their life living with a bum knee. Fortunately there many treatment options however. They are quite varied and may include home and supervised exercise programs, medications by mouth for inflammation or muscle spasm, local injections for pain relief or to proliferate (regrow) ligaments, more advanced injections that lubricate the joint using hyaluronidase compounds or that concentrate growth factors inside the joint using platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cell grafting to regenerate the cartilage matrix, and as a last resort, surgery. The good news is that the vast majority of knee pain can be treated with a non-surgical approach. Learn more about knee pain and its treatment options at piedmontpmr.com.