3 Ways to Help Reduce Knee Pain
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3 Ways to Help Reduce Knee Pain

These strategies can help you get back to doing what you love.

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Whether walking, gardening, hiking, or playing with the family dog, you love your active life. But sometimes, aches and pains get in the way. Knee pain is a common problem as our bodies age, whether from old injuries, arthritis, tendinitis, or a meniscal tear1. It can become challenging to do even the most basic things, like climbing stairs or getting around the grocery store. Happily, there are a few straightforward ways to soothe the soreness and get moving again.  

Consider pain meds to reduce inflammation 
You took a long stroll with a friend…and your knee is letting you know it. When joints swell up or are especially sore, decreasing the inflammation will do a lot to relieve the ache. Consider taking anti-inflammatory pain medications like aspirin and ibuprofen. You can also help chill out a hurting knee by applying an ice pack or even a bag of frozen veggies. The cold will constrict blood vessels, numb pain, and cut down on swelling2.   

See a therapist 
A physical therapist, that is. Going to physical therapy is an excellent way to build strength and improve the range of motion in an injured or weakened joint. Therapists employ a range of techniques to ease the pain you may be experiencing. They can educate you on smarter ways to move your body that puts less pressure on your knees – such as the best way to sit down in a chair and then stand back up. Therapists also help you reduce pain by giving you exercises to do on your own to strengthen muscle groups that support the knees, like hips and thighs. 

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When your knee starts acting up, you don’t have to sit out the fun. There is a range of options to help reduce the pain, whether they’re quicker fix, short-term methods like anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, or longer-term strategies like visiting a physical therapist or slipping on a new pair of cushy, supportive sneakers.  

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SOURCES: 

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3408027/ 

2. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/should-you-use-ice-or-heat-for-pain-infographic/ 

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