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