Knee pain can make even the simplest activities difficult. Thankfully, you can do something about it.
- - Why your knees are prone to injury
- - How you can treat knee pain
- - Questions for your doctor
Knees are among the most important joints in your body. They keep you mobile and make a range of activities possible. So when you start to feel pain, it’s a good idea to find out why and to treat it quickly.
The Basics of Knee Pain
Your knees support the weight of your body and provide stability as well as a “hinge” to help keep your body moving. But between standing, walking, running, jumping, crouching and turning, it’s easy to see how there are plenty of ways to sustain injury. Whether you’re suffering from arthritis or you’ve injured yourself, it’s good to know what treatment options are available to reduce the pain.
Luckily, there are several non-invasive treatments that work extremely well at managing joint pain. Here are just a few that are easy to apply:
Rest and elevation — Taking it easy will often allow the joint to heal, while keeping the injured joint elevated at a level higher than the heart can reduce swelling.
Ice and compression — Compressing the area with bandages, in addition to applying ice 3 to 4 times a day for 10 minutes at a time, can keep swelling to a minimum.
Exercises and stretching — Your doctor or physical therapist can help you develop an exercise program. It will likely include stretching, strengthening, range of motion and aerobic exercises.
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Talking to your Doctor
When discussing knee pain with your healthcare professional, it’s always a good idea to have a few questions prepared, such as:
- Can you tell me exactly what’s causing this pain?
- How long can I expect this pain to last?
- How will treatment of my knee pain affect other medications I may be taking?
- Can you recommend a physical therapist or alternative treatment provider that can help?
- What exercises can I do to help relieve my pain and strengthen my knee?
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Wear shoes that fit properly and are in good condition. This will help maintain balance and leg alignment and could prevent knee problems.
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