Revision Total Knee Replacement: Getting the Facts 

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about revision total knee replacement.

Myth or Truth? Over-the-counter medication stops the progression of knee pain?

Dr. Matthew Lawless discusses using over-the-counter medication for knee pain. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Over-the-counter medications can relieve the discomfort of knee pain, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)Off Site Icon. However, the medications cannot slow or stop the condition causing knee pain, particularly when the cause is arthritis, according to the AAOS.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are over-the-counter medications that can help alleviate knee pain caused by arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation (AF)Off Site Icon. Aspirin, celecoxib, ibuprofen, and naproxen are types of NSAIDs, according to the AF.

Talk to your doctor about using over-the-counter medication for knee pain.

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Source: Richard Davis II, MD, Premier Orthopedics; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institutes of Health