Knee pain is a very common ailment affecting many people in Australia. Knee pain is typically caused by an injury, overuse or osteoarthritis and makes it difficult to do certain movements.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE KNEE
Your knee is a very large complex joint that consists of four main components; cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bones which all help provide movement in your knee joint. You will feel discomfort in your knee if any of these components are hurt or diseased. Knee pain can range from a slight discomfort in your knee whilst walking, or a more severe pain when moving faster.
COMMON SOLUTIONS TO RELIEVE KNEE PAIN
Over-the-Counter Pain Medication: Anti-inflammatory medication such as Flexall reduces inflammation and provides pain relief. It is recommended that you talk to your doctor to get the best solution for you, or at least follow dosage guidelines from the manufacturer.
Control Your Body Weight: : It is important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep a healthy weight. Logically, the heavier your body is, more load will be placed on your knee joints and can then cause knee pain. Speak to your doctor about what you can do to keep your body healthy.
Make The Surrounding Muscles Stronger: Help relieve knee pain by strengthening the muscles around your knee in both legs. These muscles play a very important role in supporting the knee and if you make these muscles stronger, the performance of the knee joint will improve. If you have a muscle imbalance, your knee may be taking a larger load of impact to help compensate for the weak muscles.
R. I. C. E Treatment.: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Integrating these four pain relief tactics can significantly reduce and relieve knee pain. This common treatment method helps speed up healing by protecting injured tissues, reducing swelling and inflammation, and ultimately, alleviating the pain.
Use a Knee Brace: There are a variety of knee braces designed for very specific conditions and symptoms. For example, an osteoarthritis knee brace helps reduce the load placed on the knee. Other types of braces include compression sleeves which help provide warmth and stability to the joint. Depending on your injury or pain, you may need a hinged brace or a knee strap. Check out our Brace Advisor tool which helps identify the right brace for you.
Understand Your Knee Pain: Knee pain can be general but often times it has been caused by a specific incident or you may have a specific condition or injury. Learning more about your knee pain and possible causes can help you find the proper treatment and get you on the road to recovery. It might be Jumper's Knee, an ACL or meniscus tear, PFPS or one of many others.