By Prudent International Health Clinic , Multi Speciality
The knee is one of the numerous joints in the body. Adverse conditions such as injury or disease results in damage to the joints and proves to be a hindrance in mobility, causing considerable pain. Since the total load of the body directly impacts the knee, this should be considered as a cause of concern.
Abnormal conditions such as sprains, rheumatoid arthritis, strains, bursitis, gout, osteoarthritis and other injuries can result in pain in the knees.
Surveys reveal that the most common form of joint pain is knee pain. The duration of knee pain can vary from being acute (lasting for a few weeks) to chronic (lasting over a few months) while the effects range from slight irritation to debilitation. Some symptoms that accompany knee pain are:
- Stiffness and swelling
- Crunching or popping noises and sensations
- Inability or difficulty in fully stretching the knee
- Instability and weakness
- A Warm sensation when touched
Physical therapy, medication or alternative treatments can be used to treat this form of pain.
Medication for knee pain can only be in the form of anti-inflammatory drugs. Although these oral medications cannot significantly relieve knee pain, some injections containing substances such as corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid supplements as well as the process of Arthrocentesis (removal of fluid present in joints using hollow needles) might be able to provide relief.
Some common practices that can aid in relieving knee pain are:
- Try to keep your body weight in check.
- Wear the right kind of shoes.
- Acupuncture can provide relief.
- Use of hot and cold compress is an effective way.
- Use of turmeric on the knee joints.
- Use of ice on the knee joint.