Mild to moderate pain in one or both knees can occur for a variety of reasons. If there is no serious injury or illness causing the problem, the pain you feel in your knees can be treated at home.
Exercise And Weight Loss
Some people can reduce the pain they feel in their knees by simply exercising on a daily basis. Staying active is especially important for arthritis sufferers because inactivity will cause the knee to stiffen and make the problem worse. Excess weight can also add to the problem. For this reason, it is important to lose as much excess weight as possible if bothered by troublesome knees.
There are many forms of ginger available to address knee pain. There are supplements sold pre-packaged in health stores, there are teas that can be found in grocery stores, or the root can be purchased and added to foods. One study showed that using ginger to treat arthritis is a viable alternative to pain management.
Tai chi is a form of exercise for the mind and body that was first practiced in ancient China. The exercise has been touted for its benefit to flexibility and balance. A study published in ‘Arthritis and Rheumatism’ explains that researchers found Tai chi to work well for osteoarthritis sufferers. The practice of tai chi affects a reduction in pain and increases the range of motion in the joint. The exercise form also develops the mental discipline that will prove useful at attempts to cope with chronic pain.
Seek Medical Attention
Some issues concerning the knees will necessitate care from qualified medical professionals. Pain in the knees that persist for a long period of time or is more than you can bare warrants an immediate trip to the hospital. The trip to the hospital should take place sooner rather than later if the pain in the knee is the result of an injury. These injuries are sometimes more serious than you originally know and can be corrected only with procedures like an ACL surgery.
Hot And Cold Therapy
A heating pad can be used to prevent the affected knee from becoming stiff when resting it. Alternatively, using a cold compress or ice pack will cause a reduction in swelling and pain. You should alternate between the cold and hot therapies for optimal results. Use the cold therapy more often when the injury is fresh.
The Journal of Biological Sciences of Pakistan published a study by researchers who investigated the effects of a salve created with mastic, ginger, sesame oil, and ginger. The salve was found to be just as effective at stopping knee pain as popular over the counter medications.
A 2001 study found that willow bark provided relief from the pain of arthritis. Willow bark is also commonly used to treat inflammation, fever, and pain. Do not use willow bark if you are taking medication to thin the blood or have an allergy to aspirin. Children under four years of age should not be given willow bark.
Chondroitin Sulfate And Glucosamine
Two supplements that received much attention for their ability to fight joint pain over the past years are chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine. Both substances were more effective at treating individuals suffering from serious joint pain than they were for individuals with only mild to moderate joint pain.
Both one-time or chronic pain in the knee can happen for a variety of reasons. Fortunately, knee injuries that are not too serious can be treated with a number of remedies by you in the comfort of your own home.