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What to do About Knee Pain
Knee pain can range from mild to severe and can vary from a dull ache to a stabbing, searing pain. Whether your pain developed suddenly or gradually over time, below you’ll learn about the causes, along with some little things you can do to help reduce your knee pain before considering treatment.
What is the cause of knee pain?
People of all ages can experience knee pain. And it may start suddenly, most times after an injury or exercise—or just as a mild discomfort that slowly gets worse. To manage your pain, you have to first find the cause.
This video will help you learn about the components of your knee, what may be the source of your pain, and treatment options that you can discuss with your doctor.
What can I do to help my knee pain?
Whether you’re having trouble going up and down stairs or you feel like you’re missing out on doing what you love, there are some changes you can make to help reduce your knee pain.
There are little changes in your lifestyle that can make a big difference, from maintaining a healthy weight to exercising regularly. Here are some tips:
• Manage your weight: Every extra pound you weigh adds four pounds of pressure on your knee joint. So by staying healthy, you can avoid unnecessary stress on your joints.1
• Wear the right footwear: Avoid high heels, but if you do choose to go with one, go with a heel that’s one-half to three-quarters of an inch high.
• Exercise: Your doctor and physical therapist will recommend certain exercises for you to help strengthen the muscles that support your knee, but be sure to perform them correctly so as to not strain any muscles.
• Be careful on stairs: Always hold the railing as you go up and down stairs to help alleviate some of the pressure on your knee.
If you feel that knee pain is starting to interfere with your life, you can consider taking nutritional supplements, which may help keep your knee healthy. Talk to your doctor to see if any are recommended.
• Glucosamine: Derived from shellfish, it’s an amino sugar that aids in repair of cartilage and other body tissues, and is often combined with chondroitin for arthritis treatment.
• Chondroitin: A naturally occurring sugar, that joins with protein to help the body’s cartilage maintain its stability, that’s obtained from animals such as cattle, pigs and sharks.
• MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): A natural sulfur thought to have anti-inflammatory effects that’s found in some plants, foods and beverages.
Learn About Knee Replacement
What to Expect
Even when pain medications are no longer working, or you’re having trouble with things like getting in and out of bed, deciding to get surgery can still be difficult. Below you’ll learn what to expect during knee replacement surgery and how soon you might be back on your feet, so you can make the right decision for you.
Preparing for Surgery
Getting ready for a knee replacement begins a few weeks before your actual surgery. Below you’ll find a checklist of things you and your caregiver can do to prepare, and some tips on how to get your body in the best shape possible to help make your recovery faster and easier.
Recovery and Rehab
Now that your surgery is over, it’s time to focus on your recovery and rehabilitation and getting back to enjoying your days with family and friends—with relief from your knee pain. Find out about postop care, what to expect when leaving the hospital and heading home, important exercises and living your life with a knee replacement.
1. https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/nutrition/weight-loss/oa-diagnosis-why-weight-loss-matters; Accessed Aug. 27th, 2020
Important Safety Information
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of knee replacements depends on your age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks, and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can determine if knee replacement is right for you.
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