Jogging injury.You’ve just slipped on the ice or woke up with osteoarthritis pain and wonder what home remedies for knee pain you can do.

Fortunately, most cases of mild to moderate pain in the knee are treatable using home remedies.

You should makes sure that nothing serious is wrong.  This might mean getting x-rays or having blood work done to make sure the problem isn’t serious.  If the doctor says that the pain is due to arthritis, a minor injury or inflammation of the knee, you can choose one of several home remedies to ease the pain and get you back on your feet in short order.

Managing Injury Pain

When dealing with a minor injury that doesn’t involve a broken bone, you need to remember the “RICE” techniques.  This stands for:

  • Rice
  • Ice
  • Compression (with an ACE bandage around the knee)
  • Elevation (above the level of the heart if possible)

For the knee, it means staying off your feet and applying cold compresses or a bag of peas to the affected knee.  Use an ACE wrap or knee sleeve to keep swelling to a minimum, and keep your leg up.

Helping Arthritis Discomfort

Osteoarthritis is very common, especially in the knee.  It is usually from a breakdown of the cartilage that would normally cushion the bones of the joint.  As this pain is mild to moderate in most cases, it is a good choice as one to treat with the home remedies for knee pain.

There are some supplements that can be used for knee pain.  They include the following:

  • Willow Bark. This is a common herb used in the management of pain, fever, and inflammation.
  • Ginger extract. This can come as a crushed root, capsule, or ginger tea.   It acts to relieve pain, especially in those people who are suffering from arthritic pain.
  • Glucosamine/Chondroitin. This is a combination of supplements that used to be used in many situations of arthritic knee pain. It is used less now but some studies have shown it to be helpful in severe knee pain.

Alternative Therapies

There are several alternative methods of controlling pain.  One of them is Tai chi.  This is an ancient Asian form of martial arts that is now used to improve flexibility and balance in those with knee pain.  In one study it was found that regularly partaking in Tai chi can reduce the pain of osteoarthritis.  Pain is lessened and the range of motion of the knee is improved.  It works best for those with chronic pain.

Daily exercise for those with knee pain can relieve the stiffness of arthritic joints and can help you lose weight so that there is less pressure on the knee joint itself.  The application of heat and cold therapy when your knee is resting can relieve the pain and make the knee more functional.

There is an herbal ointment that, in one study, helped reduce knee pain.  The ointment is made from sesame oil, ginger, mastic, and cinnamon.

In Summary

When you have knee pain, try home remedies for knee pain before going to more expensive treatments that should be reserved for severe pain or for conditions that need knee surgery.

What`s your favorite home remedy for knee pain? Leave a comment below please.

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