Most don’t consider how vital their knees are to staying physically active until they deal with a knee injury. Our legs are the most often used parts of our body, but, unfortunately, that means they experience the most stress. As we get older, that stress will wear away at the cartilage that cushions the joint, potentially leading to painful knees and osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of pain in the knee joint; however, many other possible afflictions can produce similar symptoms. While knee pain can go away on its own with proper rest, if the pain lingers, fighting through could cause even more damage and lead to a permanent loss of mobility.
Fortunately, a trip to a physical therapist can provide several means of managing knee pain, such as anti-inflammation medication, injections of hyaluronic fluids into the knee joint, or, in the most severe cases, knee surgery.
Below are a few other methods that can help patients control chronic knee pain and improve their quality of life.
1. Lose Excess Weight
Our knee joints are designed to help us absorb sudden shocks and pressure. However, we put them under constant strain because they have to support our body weight for a large portion of the day. The continual pressure causes a slow rate of decay in our cartilage that we start to feel when we’re older, but excess body weight increases that strain for every pound we are overweight.
The added pressure causes an accelerated decrease in joint cartilage and can lead to chronic knee pain in people in their 20’s or 30’s. Therefore, losing weight and maintaining a healthy body are critical methods of managing knee pain.
2. Eat an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
One of the most common methods doctors use to treat knee pain is anti-inflammatory medication, but you can further decrease inflammation in your joints by changing your diet. Some foods high in antioxidants, such as Vitamins C, D, and E, naturally help the body recover from inflammation, reducing chronic knee pain.
Changing your diet to include healthier options such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and leafy vegetables and avoiding excess salt, sugar, or other unhealthy components can make all the difference when dealing with inflammation.
3. Knee on Trac
Knee on trac is a method of pain management patients opt for when surgery isn’t an option. It’s a process that takes place over several sessions where your knee is raised at an angle and stretched slightly to increase the space in the knee joint. If a lack of cartilage is causing your knee pain, stretching it out decreases bone-on-bone movement while promoting the growth of new cushioning in the joint.
Here at the Simple Wellness Clinic, we specialize in reducing joint pain for our patients without expensive medications or surgeries. Instead of providing blanket pain reduction solutions, our medical professionals perform comprehensive examinations to find the root cause of your pain and devise detailed plans to help manage it.
If you’re suffering from chronic knee pain and would like a pain management plan developed just for you, call our office at (503) 300-5087 and schedule a consultation today!