Nonsurgical Knee Treatments

There are many nonsurgical treatment options that are designed to alleviate the symptoms resulting from arthritis or other causes of damage to the knee joint. Despite the claims of many clinics, these treatments will not “fix” the problem. However, if these treatments offer enough improvement to produce a satisfactory quality of life, they can be continued as long as they remain effective.

Medicine & Injections

Cautious use of anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) will improve the pain enough to “take the edge off.” There are also a variety of medications that can be injected into the joint. These injections may provide varying degrees of temporary relief. It is important to be aware of possible side effects related to these treatments.


Any type of exercise, including supervised physical therapy, that improves overall conditioning and the strength of the muscles around the knee is encouraged and beneficial. Although each situation is unique, there is typically no significant risk of causing any damage to the knee joint itself with low-impact exercise. Exercises like swimming and stationary cycling that do not require weight-bearing through the joint will often cause less discomfort. Regardless, any method of exercise that is tolerable is a good thing.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of knee joint damage typically worsen over time. Often nonoperative treatments become less effective. If the symptoms progress to the point that one's quality of life is not satisfactory, knee replacement surgery will dramatically improve one’s pain, function, and ability to return to a much more active lifestyle.

Patient Success

At Total Joint Specialists, our compassionate and skilled team works together and with you to understand your needs and help you meet all your goals. To better understand what you can expect when partnering with our team, see our many patient success stories.

Success Stories


What You Can Expect

At Total Joint Specialists, we make sure you know exactly what you can expect as you prepare for joint surgery. We help you learn how to prepare and understand expected recovery timelines, postoperative care instructions, and an overview of pain management strategies.

What to Expect

Specialized Joint Pain Care You Can Trust

With exceptional focus and expertise in treating joint pain, our doctors at Total Joint Specialists spend every day setting the standard in advanced joint care. Our team has the knowledge and skill to offer the guidance, support, and care plan that is right for your joint pain and your goals.

Learn more about how our experts at Total Joint Specialists can treat your joint pain by calling (770) 292-6500 or requesting an appointment online now. Our specialty-trained doctors are available for you at convenient offices throughout the region: Acworth, Alpharetta, Braselton, Canton, Crabapple, Cumming, Ellijay, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Midtown (Atlanta), Sandy Springs, Snellville, and Woodstock, Georgia.