If you are one of the many people in this country suffering from knee pain, then you know just how debilitating it can be. While some go the route of prescription drugs and even surgery to reduce their knee pain, there are also non-narcotic, non-invasive remedies that you can try at home that in many cases can alleviate your pain. Of course, if pain persists, seeing a doctor for a diagnosis is always a good choice. There are many causes of knee pain such as Overuse, Overweight, Inflammation/Disease or Injury. Let’s take a look at each cause individually: Overuse – This type of pain can come from too much exercise, such as running/jogging/working out in a gym or from working in fields such as construction or as a hair stylist, standing on their feet all day long. When we overuse the muscles they become inflamed and cause pain. Exercise can ensure the muscles stay in their best condition, but we must be sure not to overdo it. If we do however, the best solution is the application of ice to the knee to reduce swelling coupled with rest. Once the muscles have had time to rest, the inflammation will subside and the pain usually disappears.
Overweight – Carrying too much weight on your body is another cause of knee pain. The human body is fairly resilient, but over time, carrying excess weight can cause the joints to become stressed, inflamed and painful. Of course the obvious way to relieve this pain is to maintain a healthy weight reducing stress on the knees. Inflammation/Disease – Inflammation is said to be the number one cause of all disease in the body, including the knees. Sometimes diseases like arthritis and osteoarthritis are the cause of inflammation creating pain in the knees. Unlike the causes above, these may be a bit more challenging, but trying the natural remedies below should have a positive effect.
- Light exercise/physical therapy/stretching are good to try. You will see that utilizing the muscles and strengthening those muscles around the knee will often reduce pain and retard the progression of some diseases.
- Massage is another remedy that often has a good result. Creating better circulation in the area can reduce pain and increase mobility. Massage can be done by a professional or you can learn how to massage the area at home on your own or with purchased devices found in many stores.
- Icing the area is good for any type of inflammation. If you have sore joints/knees or any type of inflammation, ice should be a part of your regimen. Generally 10-20 minutes with the ice on the affected area and then 30-40 minutes off. Repeat as needed.
- Acupuncture is also an option in reducing knee pain. While it is an all-natural remedy, one must seek out a specialist in the field for a good result. Many people have had excellent results with this ancient cure and many insurance plans now provide coverage for these “alternative” services.
- Chiropractic care is yet another excellent natural remedy for knee pain. In many instances, pain in the knees and elsewhere in the body can be the result of a pelvic/spinal imbalance within the body. Just the stresses of everyday life can cause parts of the anatomy to move out of place. An evaluation and some expert adjustments by a professional and you could very well be on your way to a reduction/elimination of knee pain.
Injury – If suffering from knee pain commenced after a fall or any type of accident, seeking a professional diagnosis from a doctor is highly recommended. In the event that you are suffering from an injury such as a break, fracture or tear, the above listing of home remedies would not be effective, and might even cause further damage/pain to the knee area. Vanity too can aggravate knee pain. Many women wear high heeled shoes and walk all day long on hard, concrete surfaces, causing great stress to the knee joints and ultimately creating pain. Wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly will ensure that you maintain optimum knee (and foot) health. Orthotics (store bought or personalized) placed inside of shoes can also be an excellent choice in combating knee pain. It cannot be stressed enough that taking care of your body starting at an early age is the best way to ward off disease and pain of all types, including knee pain. Eating right, exercising, drinking plenty of clean water and getting plenty of rest are all key elements in maintaining a healthy body and healthy knees. Since the body is made up largely of water, it is essential to drink at least half your body weight in ounces a day to maintain healthy supple joint movement. Including anti-inflammatory herbs and spices into one’s diet is another easy and delicious way to decrease inflammation. These include Ginger, Turmeric, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Garlic, Mustard, Nutmeg and Sage.
Six ways to maintain healthy knees:
- Eat Right
- Drink Water
- Wear Comfortable Shoes
- Maintain a Healthy Weight
- Don’t Overdo Work or Play
Maintaining healthy knees is always the best way to avoid knee pain, but should the need arise, keep this on hand and follow these tips for knee pain relief.