Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (over the counter, such as Aleve or ibuprofen, or prescription medications) can effectively relieve joint pain, at least temporarily. However, taken over an extended period of time, these medications can have significant side effects - gastrointestinal bleeding, heart problems, liver damage, kidney damage - and thus need to be taken carefully. Certainly, if taken for an extended period of time (several months) laboratory tests need to be performed to make sure other problems are not developing.
Although arthritis is often the first illness that comes to mind, our knees are vulnerable to many diseases and conditions. Bone and joint problems are among the most disabling and costly medical issues in the United States.
When you walk, the many parts of your knee usually work together in harmony. Because the stability of your knee depends so much on the supporting muscles, tendons, and ligaments, injuries in these structures are common.