How Can I Cope With Chronic Knee Pain

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There are many causes of chronic knee pain and each requires different treatments to help you feel better. For example, you may be wondering how you’re supposed to live with pain-related issues since you can’t simply undergo surgery to fix conditions such as arthritic pain.

If you are faced with having to live with chronic knee discomfort in your everyday life, you may wish to implement some of the following tips below to help alleviate your discomfort. However, before a solution can be found, you first have to establish the source of your pain.

4 Causes of Knee Pain

  1. Arthritis

All 3 forms of arthritis cause joint stiffness and pain but from different sources.

  1. Osteoarthritis is caused when the flexible tissue, or padding, at the ends of your bones breaks down and erodes away over time.
  2. Arthritis is caused by inflammation of one or multiple joints.
  3. Another form of the disease that can cause issues is Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is caused by the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues and joints.
  4. Tendinitis

Knee pain can also be caused by a condition known as tendinitis. This happens when a tendon becomes inflamed. It can cause pain when lifting and bending the knee, such as walking up a staircase or pushing yourself up from a chair to an upright position.

  1. Obesity

Unfortunately, all knee issues can be made worse with excess weight in any part of the body. Shedding the pounds can dramatically decrease daily pain overall, especially if you have joint pain in other areas of the body as well.

  1. Infection

You will want to see a medical professional to rule out infection as the source of your knee pain, especially if the pain has become chronic. More importantly, if an infection has set in you will likely need to be prescribed antibiotics.

Getting Rid of Pain

Many other conditions can cause knee pain (such as bursitis or a sports injury). All of these will have to be ruled out by a doctor, but as a general rule there are some ways you can reduce or eliminate your knee pain. Try implementing the following: ice treatment, heat treatment, massages, and over-the-counter medicine. Some home remedies can help eliminate knee pain as well.

Ice Treatment

If your knee pain is due to a recent injury you may want to try placing an icepack on it. Be sure to place it in a washcloth or old t-shirt so that it is not directly coming in contact with your skin. Ice can do damage to your skin over time. Keep the ice pack on for no more than twenty minutes. Any longer than that can actually begin to cause damage in the form of frostbite.

If the knee pain has been present for more than 72 hours, switch to a heating compress. A warm bath, heating pad, or a warm towel would be the appropriate treatment. Leave it over the affected area for a twenty-minute session. It will help rid you of your knee pain.

Get Some Rest

It may seem like a good idea to rest an injured knee but too much of it can actually be a bad thing. Muscles can weaken if not used (or not used enough) which can make knee pain worse. Be sure to get some form of light exercise to help alleviate the discomfort. If you’re not sure where to begin, you may wish to speak to a good physical therapist. They can give some helpful tips on where you should begin a good physical therapy routine and how often you should be doing it.

Knee Braces

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When it comes to chronic knee pain, you may find relief by simply adding a good quality knee brace to your knee. Good quality braces help by reducing stress on the knee. This is especially useful for those struggling with osteoarthritis. If you are not sure which type of brace is the correct one for you, you can check with your primary care physician for some suggestions.

Walking Aids

While it might seem slightly embarrassing to use a crutch or cane, walking aids can be a great asset to reducing chronic knee pain. They allow weight to be redistributed so that it is not directly over the knee or knees that are affected by the pain. For those that are in chronic discomfort, a walking aid may just be the perfect solution until a better one can be found.

There are many different ways to help alleviate chronic knee pain. Depending on what you’re suffering from, the treatment will differ. Be sure to consult a physician before implementing any of the treatments above for long term use. There may be a more serious medical issue that needs to be addressed. However, for the short term, many of the treatments mentioned above are wonderful options to help you begin feeling better, sooner.