Do you suffer from pain and stiffness in your knees? Are you looking for good arthritis knee pain treatment?  Below are 8 ways to effective pain relief 

Arthritis is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. The two most common types of arthritis are:

  • osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee affects 50% of people aged 65 and over. The majority experience relatively mild symptoms but for one in ten people, knee pain and joint stiffness affects their mobility and quality of life.  If you suffer from arthritis in your knee, there are a number of things you can do to help relieve the pain.

 

8 Different Kinds of Arthritis Knee Pain Treatments

HOW TO RELIEVE ARTHRITIS KNEE PAIN

 

1. Over-the-counter medication

  • Painkillers (analgesics) such as Paracetamol and Co-Codamol can help with pain and stiffness.
  • Don’t take these drugs for more than 10 days as prolonged use increases your chance of suffering side-effects. If over-the-counter medications don’t help ease your pain, talk to your doctor who can prescribe stronger medication.
  • Topical creams
    • Apply anti-inflammatory creams and gels to your knee. Follow the leaflet instructions.
    • As they are absorbed directly through your skin, they give rapid pain relief.
    • With less side effects, they are safer than taking tablets.

Always talk to your doctor before taking any kind of medication.

 

2. Exercise

When you have arthritis in your knee, the surfaces of the joint are damaged and your knee can’t move as it should. Doing aerobic and strengthening exercises has many benefits.  Research shows that even small amounts of exercise can help reduce the progression of knee osteoarthritis and relieve pain.

Strengthening exercises helps to:

  • strengthen and tone the muscles in your knee.
  • stabilise and protect your knee joint.
  • relieve pain.
  • stop your knee giving way, so reduces your risk of falling.
  • maintain range of motion in your knee.

Walking is good aerobic and strengthening exercise. Water-based exercises such as swimming or hydrotherapy (exercises in a warm water) are particularly good for treating osteoarthritis. The water supports your weight which means less strain on your joints.

Whatever exercise you choose, it is best to do little and often.

3. Lose Weight

Your knee is a very strong joint as it must support your weight. Carrying excess weight increases the strain on your joints, especially your knees.

Evidence suggests that being overweight –

  • Increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
  • Makes the condition worse over time.

Losing even a small amount of weight can make a big difference. A 2007 review found that overweight patients with knee OA who lost a moderate amount of weight had reduced pain and disability.

  • Aim for a weight loss of 5% over a 20-week period for maximum benefit.
  • No special diet is needed. Eat a balanced, low-calorie diet.
  • Combine a healthy diet with regular exercise.

 

4. Use the Correct Footwear

  • Wear trainers, or low-heeled shoes with soft, thick soles. Thicker soles act as shock absorbers for your feet, knees and hips.
  • High heels alter the angle of your hips, knees and big toe joints, putting extra strain on them.
  • Use arch supports in your shoes. Good foot support helps your knees.

 

5. Use Heat / Ice

These help eases pain and stiffness.

Heat can be applied using a hot-water bottle wrapped in a towel, or use a heat pad.

Apply ice by using a pack of frozen peas or an ice pack.

 

6. Use a Knee Brace

There are two types of braces:

Your doctor or physiotherapist will recommend the best ones for you.

Braces help by:

  • Stabilising your kneecap so allowing it to move correctly.
  • Reducing pain and joint stiffness
  • Improving movement without causing any adverse side effects.

7. Acupucture

Research conducted in 2007 showed that acupuncture can be useful for people with osteoarthritis (especially of the knee). The patients in the study underwent acupuncture therapy across an intensive two-to four-week period and reported significant short-term relief from knee pain. Acupuncture is effective as it encourages the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain-relieving substances.

8. Massage

Massage helps-

  • Loosen stiff muscles.
  • Increase the flow of blood and lymph through the body. This aids healing and reduces inflammation and pain.
  • Relax you all over. Less tension in your body means less pain.

There are many different ways to relieve the pain and stiffness that makes arthritis such a debilitating condition The 8 methods outlined above have been backed by research as being effective for arthritis knee pain treatment.

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