Your doctor may recommend physical therapy or other strengthening exercises based on the specific condition that is causing your pain. If you have medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout, your physician may prescribe medications to help decrease pain and to treat underlying conditions. If you are physically active or practice a sport, you may benefit from exercises to create good techniques or correct movement patterns that may be affecting your knees during your sport or activity. To improve flexibility and balance, exercises also are important. Arch supports, sometimes with wedges on one side of the heel, may help move pressure away from the side of the knee most affected by osteoarthritis. Different types of braces may be useful to help protect and support the knee joint. In some cases, your physician may recommend injecting medications or other substances directly into your joint. In some circumstances, an injury may require surgery and the dedicated team of rehabilitation professionals at Sheltering Arms Institute is ready to help.