Hello @rtbadleg, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @lisalucier and other members. I have bone on bone along with advanced degenerative arthritis in my right knee. I did have a cortisone shot in the knee last summer and it did help me with the pain until I kneeled down on the concrete driveway to work on drain pipe. I'm meeting with orthopedics on the 27th to hopefully schedule a date in late March or early April for a knee replacement. After the pain came back when I knelt on the concrete the doctor gave me a prescription for a pain creme but it really didn't help much. It's more of an ache than a throbbing or sharp pain but it really bothers me at night when I'm trying to sleep.
I did buy a couple of different styles of knee sleeves that helped a little with the walking. One I liked had a gel cap around the knee cap and seemed to keep it from flexing too much. I got it at a medical store. What has helped me more than anything has been to focus on pre-knee surgery exercises which has given the knee a little more strength. I've been doing them for the past 4 months or so when I started thinking about getting a knee replacement. It has kept my knee somewhat flexible and the pain is not as bad when I bend it a little.