We recommend avoiding activity which will provoke the knee such as jogging or stair climbing. However, prolonged rest or a sedentary lifestyle is not advised as a treatment for knee osteoarthritis due to the risk of weight gain which can place even more stress of the knees. Inactivity also leads to wasting of the muscles that support the knee, leading to more knee pain and instability. If the knee is swollen, icing, compression, and elevation can be helpful. Pain medications can also provide temporary relief.
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