Do You Suffer From Knee Pain?
Knee pain is one of the most common complaints that we see among our patients next to back pain. The knees serve a variety of different purposes, from support to mobility. Knee pain can be caused by many different elements. The knees rely on a number of structures that include the bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage to perform all the task we ask of. Damage to anyone of these areas can cause knee pain.
Just as with most injuries, knee injuries often become inflamed which leads to more pain. The inflammation in your knee has to be controlled and reversed before your pain can reside. If you’ve injured your knee, it’s probably inflamed. You need to start tacking the inflammation first to control the pain in your knees. With knee injuries, it’s important to understand the value of resting your knees. At this point of your knee injury, mobility is the least important. You want to make sure you rest your knee for prolong periods at a time.
Ice is going to play a vital role in controlling your knee pain. Since inflammation causes pain, we want to apply ice to the knee. Ice is going to reduce the swelling and inflammation in your knee. As for duration, I recommend icing your knee 2-3 times a day, no longer then 30 minutes. Make sure you stay with the ice and don’t switch back and forth from ice to hot water. This pain treatment method can actually make your knee pain worse, so make sure you stick with the ice.
Knee pain can also be caused by arthritis. There’s a variety of different types of arthritis that can affect the knees. Rheumatoid arthritis is a connective tissue diseases of the whole body that affects many joints often including the knee. People who have this disease often have family members who suffer from it as well. Crystalline arthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are two other types of arthritis that can cause pain in the knees.
Now, another way to manage your knee pain is with compression techniques. I want you to take a wrap or bandage and wrap it around your knee. This can help you reduce your pain, increase mobility and help control inflammation. Over the counter medications can also help you with pain and inflammation. I would suggest Motrin because it will help your pain and inflammation all at once.
Elevating your knee is another great idea to relieve knee pain. It’s recommended that you elevate your knee higher then your heart level. You should be resting your leg as much as possible anyway. By doing so, this will help relieve your knee pain and also inflammation. It’s quite possible that you may feel numbness or tingling in your legs when you’re elevating your knees, just know that this is a normal reaction to have. The key is to drain all fluids back into circulation.
Now, if you continue to experience knee pain or you can’t put weight on your knee, you’re going to want to go to the doctor. The body is fragile and it doesn’t take much for the knee to be injured. Remember what we walked about earlier, the knees rely on a number of structures that include the bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Any injury to these areas can cause severe knee pain and injuries that may require surgery to fix. You don’t want to wait too long because if left untreated, your injury can get worse. If your knee or leg looks deformed in any way, we recommend that you go to the emergency room as soon as possible. These types of injuries can also cause the need for knee joint replacements.
If you have had prolong knee pain, you may want to consider our pain relief treatment. We’ve helped thousands of men and women relieve and end their pain for good. Take the time to review all our different pain relief treatments as we have several to choose from. Knee pain can be tricky, especially if you haven’t had a recent injury or trauma to the knee. If you can remember a prior injury to your knee, it’s possible that it healed wrong and it can be the cause of your pain. If you have any questions about your knee pain or your options, be sure to leave me a message. I’d be glad to help you in any way that I can. Remember, rest, ice compression and elevation.