Managing chronic knee pain can be extremely tough, especially because knees are important for everyday use. Knee pain can be caused by any type of injuries, mechanical problems, infections and different types of arthritis. Symptoms regarding knee pain may vary based on where the pain derived from and the severity of the pain. Basics symptoms include a slight increase in pain, swelling or tenderness, popping or cracking sound, locking of joints and poor range of motion. Often knee pain can be evaluated and treated by your primary care physician. The knee plays a very important and complicated role in our body, and it’s best to take good care of it. Below are the must know do’s and don’ts when it comes to knee pain management.
The “Do’s” of Managing Chronic Knee Pain
- Applying ice immediately to the area can reduce pain and swelling. For the first 24-48 hours avoid any activity that can enhance the swelling such as using hot packs, taking hot showers, etc. Only until the swelling is gone is when you can alternate between heat and cold treatment.
- Elevating the injured area by using a pillow and wrapping your knee with an elastic bandage can help with the swelling and healing process.
- Reduce stress to your knee by using crutches or a wheelchair. When lying or sitting down, have a family or a friend help you stand up to reduce as much stress on the knee as possible.
- Limiting your activities is known to be a good pain management solution when it comes to knee pain. Avoid any vigorous exercise such as weight lifting, running, snowboarding and other types of sports.
The “Don’ts” of Managing Chronic Knee Pain
- Don’t rest too much. After the healing process is over, it’s best to find an exercise and stretches that are good for your knee. Too much rest can weaken your muscle and stiffen the knee.
- Don’t let your weight be the cause of the problem. Being overweight can put a lot of stress on your knee joints and may increase the risk of osteoarthritis.
If your symptoms get worse, don’t be afraid to see a doctor. Diagnosing your knee pain early can help you seek out treatments and therapies that will relieve pain and preserve your ability to move without pain or difficulty. Book an appointment with Dr. Ben Evans to find out the best solution for managing chronic knee pain.