I know for my friends and family throughout New England, shoveling can be added to the list below for ways in which our knees take abuse.  I am also fully aware that summer cannot come soon enough for many of us – especially after this winter season. Therefore, I thought this valuable and useful piece regarding solutions for knee pain was worth a share.

Walking, kneeling, stair schlepping…Knees take abuse. No wonder 20% of us report having had pain in these joints in the past 3 months. Most arises from injuries and osteoarthritis, which are more common with age. Here’s how to get a leg up on the pain.

  1. ICE – ice molded around the joint for 20 minutes each hour brings down inflammation
  2. NSAIDS – if your stomach can take it, ibuprofen 10-14 days
  3. EXERCISE – keeping active builds muscles that support the knee joint.
  4. HEALING FOODS –  drinking 1% or fat-free milk helped women put the brakes on knee osteoarthritis in one study.
  5. WEIGHT LOSS – every pound you lose feels like 5 fewer pounds to the knee.
  6. GLUCOSAMINE – try for 2 to 3 months; that’s when it will help if it’s going to.
  7. INJECTIONS – corticosteroids can ease pain by reducing inflammation when injected directly into the joint.
  8. KNEE REPLACEMENT – when all else fails.
  9. PLATET-RICH PLASMA – blood gets removed, treated, and then injected into the joint with concentrated proteins called growth factors.
Craig Amnott

Craig Amnott

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Dr. Craig Amnott earned his medical degree at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in Family Medicine. Doctor Amnott is licensed to practice both medicine and medical acupuncture in the state of New York.

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