Frequently Asked Questions
5. What medicines can help with knee pain?
Several different medicines can be useful for knee pain. Some medicines are taken by mouth. These include analgesic medications such as acetaminophen and tramadol, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Some, referred to as topical analgesics, are rubbed into the skin directly over the knee. Others are injected into the knee joint. These include corticosteroids, which are strong inflammation-fighting drugs, and hyaluronic acid substitutes, also called viscosupplements, which are designed to replace a substance that gives joint fluid its “slipperiness.”