Alternative Treatments for Conditions or Diseases

How do you ease the pain of Arthritis in the knee

The best ways to ease arthritis knee pain are:

Strengthening exercises – increasing the strength of the muscles reduces the forces going through the knee which reduces the friction and pain

Heat/Ice

Keeping active – the knee needs movement to keep the fluid pumping through it – this fluid dries out with inactivity so keeping the knee moving, even when sitting doen can really help

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective with knee arthritis

Weight loss – losing weight means there is less pressure going through the knee which can reduce pain

Walking aids eg sticks/crutches help reduce the amount of weight going through the knee making it less painful

Pacing – not over exerting yourself

Wearing the right footwear – cushioned soles with no heels are best

Stairs – take them one at a time

Medication – painkillers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories

Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements

Cortisone injections – a mixture of local anaesthetic and steroid is injected into the knee to help decrease arthritis knee pain and swelling

Surgery: a partial or total knee replacement is the last resort if other treatments fail





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