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Sore knee. History of other arthritic joints. On oral diclofenac. When will pain subside?

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Sore R knee for past few months and MD prescribed oral diclofenac.
Taking 75 mg of diclofenac for 5 days but knee still sore.
When will pain subside?
Have history of other arthritic joints; TMJ on right side; weigh 250 lbs; height is 6' 1"
Posted Sun, 27 May 2012 in Arthritis
Answered by Dr. Ashwini Kolur 5 hours later

Thanks for your query. I will try my best to provide you with best possible professional recommendations to your questions.

The cause of arthritis of the knee should be searched. Common causes include
- Age: cartilage becomes more brittle with age and has less of a capacity to repair itself with age chances of arthritis increase.
- Joint damage is partly dependent on the load the joint has to support; excess body weight can lead to arthritis.

I see that you are on non steroidal antinflammatory drug (NSAID) - diclofenac for pain relief. The duration to recovery varies among patients. The cause of pain, the severity of ailment and other factors influence the duration of treatment. I encourage you to proceed with the treatment as suggested.

Additional benefits can be obtained via conservative measures such as rest, exercise, diet control with weight reduction, physical therapy.

Aside from weight reduction and avoiding activities that exert excessive stress on the joint cartilage, there is no specific treatment. I advise you to lose weight as even modest weight reduction can help to decrease symptoms of the large joints. Medical treatment includes pain killers, usually NSAIDs, already you are on this.

Yet again, I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.

Hope I have cleared your queries. If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer

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