NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If your knees hurt and you think you’re headed for a knee replacement, there are ways to preserve your joints and hold off surgery.
The most common cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis, often called wear and tear arthritis. Years of activity or injury at work or play grinds down the smooth cartilage in the knees.
CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez says he grew up a catcher in baseball, playing tennis and squash, and riding a bicycle, but now he’s paying the price.
A big part of what keeps his knees functional and mostly pain free over the years is frequent physical therapy at Corinthian Therapy, where Pam Schwarzer has taught him that strong muscles actually keep joints happy.