Almost 10 million Americans suffer from chronic knee pain each year. Living with chronic knee pain can be extremely debilitating and cause other health concerns. Knee pain can affect people of all ages, from children to senior citizens. The onset of knee pain can come from several different factors, from sports injuries, arthritis, or cartilage degeneration.
Our knees take in a lot of pressure from day to day by bearing all of our individual body weight. When knee problems occur, the first thing we want to do is to alleviate the pain.
If you have an acute knee injury or your arthritis is bothering you, one of the first things you can do to help reduce some of your knee pain is to do R.I.C.E: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Complete RICE as soon as your knee pain begins, it’s important to do these 4 simple techniques, which can help to alleviate your pain quickly.
Every day your knees are taking in all the pressure from that comes from your body weight. The more weight you carry, the more it adds on to your knees. Each pound of weight adds around 3-4 pounds of extra pressure on your knees.
Even a small amount of weight loss can add a tremendous amount of relief to your knees. To shred a few pounds quickly, try and lessen the number of calories your taking in daily.
Investing in a knee brace can help you stabilize your knee and lessen the amount of pain you have. Knee braces can be used to prevent a knee injury or help with an existing one. There are several different types of knee braces, depending on the type of injury you have.
When looking for a knee brace, be sure to find the correct knee brace that is associated with your type of injury. Knee braces can be used practically anywhere. Many people like to use knee braces during a workout as a precaution to prevent any further damage to the knee.
One of the things you don’t want to let happen to your knee is to let it be inactive. This can be a challenging decision to work out your knee because it’s already in pain. Though you might suffer from chronic knee pain, working it out and keeping your knee mobile can actually help strengthen the muscles and tendons surrounding the knee.
Choose exercises that are low impact to avoid to much pressure on your knees. Swimming is an excellent workout for your knees because the water is keeping you buoyant and not adding any extra strain on your knees.
Another great low-impact exercise you can do is cycling. Cycling keeps the knees joints moving in a circular motion helping break up any scar tissue that may be around your knees. Be sure before attempting any exercise to consult with your doctor first.
Getting a massage is always something nice we can do to treat ourselves, massages help us relax and work over our tense muscles. However, if you suffer from knee pain, having a trained massage therapist (who has ample experience working with knees) massage your knees can help with making them less sore.
The majority of knee pain comes from scar tissue that has accumulated over the years. Scar tissue needs to be broken down to so it’s not getting in the way of your joints. A knee massage will help break down scar tissue that has developed in your knees.