Knee pain is not an ailment that only inflicts the old. Today aching joints can hit you at any age be it mid 30s-40s or 60-70s. Joint inflammation, especially in the knees, is the most reported of all joint discomforts and diseases. Robert Nickodem, Jr., MD tells osteoarthritis or “wear-and-tear arthritis,” is like a rusty hinge,” says Dr. Nickodem. “The knee still works, but it creaks.”
The knee region is highly susceptible to injury because of its flexibility, multiple actions and movements like roll, rotate and glide. The knee can support a half a person’s body weight. Hence, knee joints endure a great deal of stress.
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics,
From 2013- 2015, an estimated 54.4 million US adults (22.7%) annually had ever been told by a doctor that they had some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. That makes it one of the leading causes of disability in adult Americans. CNN Health tells, In women, it occurs more frequently after age 50; in men, it’s more likely before age 45.
- Knee aches can be caused by various factors ranging from sprains, ailments, osteoporosis, arthritis, tendonitis, vigorous sports activity, excessive running.
- As you age, knee pains are more likely to occur because the amount of collagen in your bones decreases.
- Wearing wrong and worn out shoes also contributes greatly in aching knee joints.
- Injuries, poor posture, and trauma.
- Inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle i.e, sitting for longer hours
- Cysts around the knee joint cause inflammation.
- Gout deteriorates joints.
Prevention is the best cure because this is where you can eradicate the ailment in the first place. It can be by making minor lifestyle changes mainly altering the daily diet regimen i.e, consuming calcium rich foods and exercise i.e, knee strengthening exercises. Wear shoes with inner soles and arch shape that support your feet.
We have outlined some effective homeopathic remedies to alleviate pain and that fire like sensation in stiff joints.
Turmeric has been tested long for joint aches. Its anti-inflammatory properties and curcumin element work to reduce inflammation. Drink a glass of turmeric infused luke warm milk. Use it in large amounts in cooking or take a turmeric supplement after consulting the doctor.
Exercise is very effective in repairing cracked, weak and inflamed joints. Do exercise that includes hamstring, Quadriceps and calf stretches, hip abducting moves,
Massage with mustard, olive or coconut oil to improve circulation and loosen the strained muscles.
Avoid stress and maintain a healthy weight.
Use knee pads and braces to provide adequate support and protection to the knee so it can retain its strength and flexibility.
Soak in Epsom salt infused warm water to relieve pain fast. Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate that is known to lower any kind of chronic pain.
Stock your pantry with anti-inflammatory foods that include seeds, nuts, Omega-3 loaded salmon, blueberries, horseradish, mustard, garlic, onions, lemon, and honey.
Hot and cold compresses reduce swelling of the tissue. Use a cold compress by taking out an ice pack from the freezer and place on the inflamed region for 10-15 minutes. Wrap salt or sand in a piece of cloth or microwaveable bag to warm it and place on the affected area two to three times a day.
Take supplements that include higher potency of collagen, vitamin D, and calcium.
Intake Aloe Vera gel to strengthen joints. Its therapeutic benefits soothe pain instantly. All you need to do is blend aloe Vera gel, red clay, honey, turmeric and orange peel in a blender to form a paste. Apply on the inflamed region and wrap a bandage on overnight.
Take ginger and licorice infused teas every night before hitting the bed.