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Causes Of Knee Pain And Simple Natural Treatments

Updated on December 20, 2012

It's not always easy to manage knee pain!

Knee pain in adults has many causes! Luckily, there are many effective ways to address knee pain at home!
Knee pain in adults has many causes! Luckily, there are many effective ways to address knee pain at home! | Source

Knee Pain Has Many Causes

When trying to determine why your knees hurt, think about your age, your level of physical activity and your diet. All of these can have an impact on the health of your joints in general. If you have been experiencing knee pain, the problem is quite likely to be a form of arthritis; however, very often the location of the pain can help determine whether or not this is the case. Read on to learn a bit about how to determine the causes and treatments for knee pain.

Medial Knee Pain Is Related To Problems With The Kneecap

Pain in the front of your knee may be caused by an injury to the kneecap. Whether you have experienced a direct blow or a twisting of the knee, this sort of pain may only be temporary and may respond well to rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). If your medial knee pain came on suddenly as the result of a specific incident, try these simple solutions combined with an over-the-counter pain remedy or an herbal pain remedy such as Valerian or kava-kava to help remedy the problem. Be sure to choose only one pain remedy. Combining OTC and alternative remedies can be dangerous.

Inner Knee Pain May Indicate A Torn Ligament, Torn Meniscus Or Arthritis

When you have pain radiating from the inner area of your knee, it may indicate a specific injury related to a tear in the supporting structures of the knee, or it may indicate the onset of traumatic arthritis which is often the result of a serious injury. People who lead very active lives have a great tendency tear knee ligaments. Torn ligaments are painful in themselves and can cause cartilage damage which worsens over time. RICE and light pain relievers may help with this problem.

Lateral Knee Pain May Indicate Arthritis, IT Band Tendinitis, Torn Meniscus Or LCL Injuries

Pain in the outside of the knee may also be caused by injury or by the development of arthritis. Initially, as with the other two forms of knee pain, RICE and use of light pain relievers may be all you need to get the problem under control. If pain persists in any event, you should consult your health care professional.

Frequent Causes Of Knee Pain And Natural Treatments

Many people suffer from pain in the knees and joints because of arthritis, which is one of the most common causes of loss of the function. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or traumatic arthritis are often the culprit when people experience difficulty with their knees. Traumatic arthritis is arthritis that has its onset as a result of an illness or injury. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the synovial membrane creates excessive fluid causing inflammation, stiffness and pain. Osteoarthritis often accompanies old age. People over the age of 50 should be aware of the strong possibility of developing this problem.

What Can Be Done About Knee Pain Caused By Arthritis?

While heredity is a strong component in the development of some forms of arthritis, it is not the only component. The way you take care of yourself can help you avoid some of the painful symptoms of arthritis which causes pain by wearing down cartilage in the joints.

Be certain to get plenty of high quality rest and light to moderate exercise to maintain overall health. Swimming and water aerobics have been proven to be very helpful with all kinds of joint pain. When you exercise in the water, the weight of your body is supported. Your range of motion is improved by the continuous gentle exercise, and the water massages your body to help you relax and relieve overall pain. If you're able to follow up your swim or water workout with a nice soak in a hot tub, you are sure to experience a great deal of relief from pain.

Eating Well Can Help With Knee Pain!

Be sure to eat properly to support your overall health. Enjoy a diet of whole grains, lean protein sources, fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of pure filtered water for optimum health. Indeed, staying hydrated is extremely important in treating all kinds of pain. Your entire body needs lots of water to perform properly, and staying well hydrated helps to protect your joints against pain.

Another very good way to safeguard against joint pain is by getting plenty of omega three fatty acids in your diet. Be sure to include cod liver oil, flax-seed oil, olive oil and other natural, healthful oils in your diet for joint lubrication and general health.

Addressing And Avoiding Knee Pain Every Day

There are a number of natural ways to treat knee pain directly. Whenever you are sitting or lying down, be sure to elevate your feet and support your knees. When walking, use a cane if it is helpful. Find a good knee brace to give your knee good support. When you go shopping, use a riding cart if this option is offered and walking is painful. Give your knees a break at every opportunity when pain is present.

Use heat or cold therapy, or use a combination of the two. Applying ice packs to your knees will help numb the pain. Applying heat will help improve circulation. Improved blood circulation helps encourage healing by carrying away toxins that can cause pain in your knees. When you alternate heat and cold, it can dramatically improve pain in your knees or in any part of your body.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen may help knee pain. Herbal alternatives such as Valerian and kava-kava may also be helpful.

By taking good care of yourself and making use of natural, gentle alternatives, you may be able to postpone or even avoid invasive knee surgery or replacement.

Copyright:SuzanneBennett:December 20 2012

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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    My pleasure! I'm glad I could be helpful! :)

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    Anamika S Jain 

    5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    I am a lover of natural and home remedies for health problems. I find your tips on Addressing And Avoiding Knee Pain Every Day helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! :)

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Going to add this hub to my Health board on Pinterest. So much of our body weight is supported by those important joints.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! Yes, it's amazing how much providing support and using hot and cold therapy can help.

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    Peggy Woods 

    5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Hi Suzanne,

    I was told years ago by an orthopedic surgeon that I would need remedial surgery on my knees or I would be "unable to get up out of a chair by the time I turned 60." Supposedly my problem, according to him is genetic. I did not pop out with the right ABC's of assembly. Well...I am still going and have not yet had surgery. I'll admit, like Sheila said, when I overdue things in the garden or otherwise, I sometimes suffer. Glad that I did all the hiking and climbing trees and climbing over rocks when I was younger! Your tips are good ones for palliative care of the knees when they hurt. Up and useful votes.

  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR

    justmesuzanne 

    5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! Oddly, I used to have occasional knee problems that seem to have resolved. My big problems today are with my shoulders and my right elbow, but my LED light therapy device helps a lot with that! :)

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    Sheila Brown 

    5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    Wonderful information here on the different types of knee pain and some helpful solutions for the pain. Being over 50, (Did I just say that!), I do have trouble with my knees, but not too much. I over do things at times and have to "baby" my knees for a few days. I will be keeping your information in mind. Great hub, voted up, useful, interesting and sharing! :)

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