The complexity of the modern lifestyle has made us susceptible to many uncomforting conditions; sprains, arthritis etc. The most likely result is the horrifying misery of having – knee pain.
In many cases, people resort to surgical methods to fully combat the agony, but it is good news that you can learn about non-surgical knee pain relief methods.
Knee Pain Relief and Treatment
1. Ascertain the Cause
Before jumping into a remedy or treatment method, especially for severe cases of knee pain, it is wise to seek for medical help.
Through X-rays, blood work or any other procedures, the root cause of your troubles can be established. This will give you a better launch towards the course of treatment in the most effective way.
Drugs, both over-the-counter and prescription medicines may abound which can be an effective measure in the treatment of arthritis and pain control.
Corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, disease modifiers, aspirin free analgesics and sleep doses can all be used to relieve knee pain.
If the pain is a result of some injury, ice can be used to reduce the swelling and pain.
It is advisable to apply ice for about 15 minutes three times a day. While at this, stay away from activities that tend to escalate swelling like hot tubs, alcoholic beverages and hot showers.
After the swelling disappears, it is now fine to apply alternating heat and cold treatments until the pain is fully gone.
4. Exercise and weight management
Routine exercise will keep your joints in motion; this will alleviate the pain to a fair extent.
While having enough rest is recommended for arthritis patients, always staying stationary or reducing leg movements in fear of more pain will make the joints stiffer worsening the condition.
Managing your weight alongside exercise will help a great deal as more weight tends to exacerbate the situation.
5. Having Enough Sleep
Arthritis pain can deny a person proper sleep at night. However a good sleep is imperative in maintaining an individual’s overall health.
If the accompanying pain relief methods are properly adhered to, the reduction in pain can help you sleep comfortably. It helps to consider some sleep enhancing pills.
Healthy natural joints regularly produce hyaluronic acid to replenish knee lubricants.
To a disturbed knee, same acid can be artificially injected to help temporarily relieve knee pain.
Injections of anesthetics and cortisone (an anti-inflammatory drug) will also help deaden the knee and keep the pain away.
7. Herbal Lotions
Recently, the Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences featured a study which found out that an ointment made out of ginger, cinnamon, sesame oil and mastic can be as efficacious in treating arthritis as other-over-the-counter lotions consisting salicylates, which serves as a topical pain relief agent.
8. Use Assistive Devices
Walking aids such as canes and sticks can help reduce the strain on your knees thus minimize the pain.
Shoe inserts such as orthotics will align, support and enhance the operation of your leg; thus curtailing the pressure exerted on the knees.
9. Natural Dietary Supplements
Scientific evidence confirms the significance of some dietary supplements in the treatment of arthritis.
Willow bark, ginger extract and a mixture of chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine have all shown positive effects on pain relief.
10. Knee Surgery
This can be costly and very involving but if the above methods fail to yield full pain relief, see a doctor for advice on most appropriate options around knee surgery procedures.
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