Frequent, non-weight-bearing exercise, alternative therapies such as mindfulness/meditation and massage, and weight loss when needed can ease the discomfort associated with knee OA. Danish researchers found that a 10 percent reduction in weight led to a 28 percent improvement in knee function.
In addition, proper bracing is sometimes effective. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says studies on the use of knee braces for OA of the knee have found they may be especially helpful if the arthritis is centered on one side of the knee. A brace can assist with stability and function.