Welcome to HealingWell, angelina.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease. Unfortuntely, it generally gets worse over time as we use the affected joints. Knees and hips are particularly susceptible because we put so much stress on them when we walk.
Medications do tend to lose their effectiveness over time for many of us. NSAID's are usually the first course of attack (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) Fortunately for those of us who tolerate these drugs, they are not habit-forming and there are many different medications available in this class. In 20 years I've moved from aspirin to ibuprofen to naproxen to meloxicam. I also take Tylenol arthritis when I need it.
I hope you're aware that physical therapy isn't really something you do and get done with? The exercises and activities you learn in therapy should be continued after you stop seeing the therapist. This can help slow down the progression of the arthritis and prevent development of similar problems in the knee and ankle as you try to protect the knee when walking.
Ultimately, the most frequent "cure" for osteoarthritis of the knee is joint replacement surgery. This is a major surgery and is usually reserved for cases where mobility is threatened by the arthritis pain or deformity.
At this point, your best course is to continue to work with your doctor on pain control and strengthening of the muscles that support the knee. Know that this is not a one-shot thing, but an ongoing process. Chronic conditions require continuing evaluation and treatment.
I hope this is helpful to you.
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