Supplementary Facts to Knee Pain Treatment

Every single day, millions of people all over the world are suffering from knee pain. A large majority of these population are older people affected by arthritis or osteoarthritis. In some cases, knee pain can be a result of by sports injury such as torn ligaments or muscles surrounding the knee joint. Typically, medical specialists prescribe some over the counter drugs for knee pain treatment. These medications include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS ) which can support full knee pain treatment.

The next procedure for knee pain treatment typically includes Physical Therapy so the area affected can be addressed well and developed thus preventing recurrence of painful knee condition. In many instances, therapy also includes massage, heat or cold treatment, elevation and some leg strengthening exercises.

Aside from physical therapy, knee pain treatment is accompanied by important recommendations such as activity limitations. Usually, certain movements aggravate the pain and delay the progress of knee pain treatment. The following activities must not be pursued until the knee has recovered from swelling and pain.

* Squatting
* Kneeling
* Twisting and pivoting
* Repetitive bending ( going up and down stairs)
* Jogging
* Aerobics, dancing
* Playing stop and go sports ( racquet sports like squash and badminton)

The most suitable exercise equipment for the knee should provide smooth motion of the knee, maximum toning of the front and back thigh muscles (quadriceps and hamstring muscles), very few jarring and impact to the joint, and the least possible bending motions to obtain toning. These activities are feasible substitute to the aforementioned above.

* Water aerobics * Swimming applying the crawl stroke * Cross country ski machines * Soft platform treadmill

Ice and elevation-Ice is very good in managing pain and swelling. Ice must be applied to the knee every 2 to 4 hours at least for 15 minutes particularly after workout. A pack of ice, frozen vegetables, or a frozen towel is enough. The swollen knee should be raised above the level of the heart while icing it.

Strengthening exercises-Knee pain treatment starts with gentle strengthening exercises. These exercises must be done without bending motions on the knee. The exercises must develop large muscle groups such as hamstrings and quadriceps which can lessen the load on the knees.

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