Knee pain is a very common complaint. The cause of the pain is an important factor that determines its management. Knee pain can be caused by infection, inflammation or a traumatic injury to the bone, tendons, or ligaments present at the knee joint. The cause of knee pain may be traumatic (due to injury with or without subsequent infection) or non-traumatic (due to infection, autoimmune disorder or other diseases).
Most of the drugs used for the treatment of knee pain are over the counter medication that are common and readily available. The most commonly used types of medications are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs help reduce the pain and control the inflammatory process that might be causing the pain. These drugs include Naproxen and Ibuprofen. Some of their side effects include peptic ulcers and skin rash. People with Anemia, Hypertension, bronchial asthma or kidney disease should search for a different type of drug to control the pain. Acetaminophen is another useful drug. It is particularly helpful in patients with osteoarthritis