If your knees are functioning well enough that you can walk a mile or so, there are some self-help treatments you can do to ease the pain and inflammation. In my case knee osteophytes are part of the problem
I'm trying my best to follow a program.In the first place, I have got to lose a good 20 pounds. Did you know that just being 10 pounds overweight can put a lot of extra pressure on your knees and feet?
I use a arthritis CD to do exercises designed for those with arthritis.
Taking ibuprofen only when I need it is something I'm trying to do.
My shoes have a big toe box, they have extra arch support and keep my foot from pronating. Feet that have some arthritis in them can push the knee joint out of alignment.
I'm dedicated to continuing exercise for my knees even if it hurts. You know the old saying, "use it or lose it."