12 Feb Dealing with Knee Pain & Tips for Living Pain-Free
Active adults sometimes deal with a flurry of aches and pains in the course of their lives. For many, knee pain is a common reason for becoming sidelined, or in severe cases, it may interfere with daily mobility and potentially impact your quality of life.
Wear and tear on our body’s joints and ligaments is a natural occurrence we all experience as we age. Add to this specific knee injuries that occur through sports or physical activities, and it can easily become challenging to manage your knee pain.
Fortunately, medical advances and improved treatments options offer more solutions for knee pain.
Hendrick Wellness Center, your trusted provider of chiropractic services in McAllen, wants to help you understand knee pain, its causes and treatments, and meaningful tips on how to live pain-free.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
It’s estimated that 25% of adults in the U.S. live with frequent, or chronic, knee pain – that’s millions of Americans dealing with pain on a day-to-day basis. As anyone who has had to endure discomfort knows, it can sometimes be tough to handle.
While knee pain can result from any number of factors, the most common conditions that cause knee pain include:
- Runner’s Knee
- IT Band Syndrome
- Meniscus Tear
- ACL/MCL/LCL/PCL Sprain
These common conditions and types of knee pain can be evaluated by a qualified medical professional and treatment options may vary based on your condition.
Treatment for Knee Pain
Here is a list of a ways you may find relief for your chronic, acute, or frequent knee pain.
- Physical Therapy Treatment & Exercise: Depending on the severity of your injury or condition, one of the first recommended treatment options may be physical therapy or exercise to relieve pain and discomfort.
- Injection Medications and/or Surgery: After evaluation, your doctor may suggest injection medications to treat your knee pain, which may include either corticosteroids, hyaluronic acid, or platelet-rich plasma (PRP). In addition to injection medications, surgery options may need to be explored with your doctor. Common surgeries include arthroscopic surgery, partial knee replacement surgery, or total knee replacement.
- RICE Method: For certain injuries or conditions, your doctor may recommend an at-home treatment such as the RICE Method – or Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. You’ll be advised to take a break from regular activities that cause or affect your knee pain, and then you’ll ice the area to reduce inflammation and pain. You can then compress the area to stabilize the knee and keep it aligned, and finally, you’ll elevate your leg on a pillow to help reduce swelling and inflammation.
Preventing Knee Pain from Occurring
One of the best ways to curb knee pain is to find effective ways to prevent the pain from escalating. Be sure to rest, but don’t rest too much. Keeping muscles strong by keeping active can help to manage or lessen pain.
Consult with your doctor about beginning an exercise program or physical therapy regimen that will help you.
Get Your Health Back on Track with Hendrick Wellness Center
Hendrick Wellness Center is an integrated health center specializing in spine, joint, and muscle health. We serve clients living and working in McAllen and its surrounding areas.
We’re here to help you reclaim your active lifestyle. If you’re suffering from knee pain, or other joint or muscle discomfort, our trusted team can help to relieve you of pain or discomfort.