Pain in one or both knees is no fun because it forces you to stop being active. This is especially true in a city like New York, where you constantly have to walk up and down stairs.
If you???re one of the many people who suffer from runner's knee or any other type of knee pain, here are some things you can do in order to feel better so you can go on doing the things you love:
1. Heat and Cold Therapy is very effective when it comes to eliminating pain. If your knee feels swollen, hold an ice pack on it to reduce that swelling. Always alternate ice with heat (a basic, electric heating pad from any pharmacy will do). Do each for 5 minutes, one after the other, and always end with heat. There is actually a great debate over which is better (ice or heat), check out this blog post for more!
2. Anti-inflammatory medication. Common pain relievers you normally use for headaches or other pain can also be very effective at stopping your knees from hurting. Better still, they can be purchased over-the-counter (get a bottle when you get your heating pad lol). Obviously this is not ideal, as it is just masking the symptoms, but hey - sometimes your symptoms need a good masking!
3. Knee braces tend to prevent pain from happening in the first place, since they hold the kneecap steady. Many times, knee pain is caused by the kneecap rubbing against other bones, which is why braces are effective at preventing it. Even after knee pain starts, wearing a brace can prevent further friction and will therefore stop it from getting any worse.
4. Physical therapy may be useful in some cases, as it helps strengthen the muscles and tendons that hold the kneecap in place. When these muscles and tendons are stronger, your kneecap is less likely to slip and result in pain.
5. Acupuncture is a time-honored method of eliminating knee pain, as it allows energy to naturally flow through the body and promotes the healing process. Acupuncture can also relax the muscles that connect to the knee, thereby keeping the knee cap in place just like Physical Therapy.
You may find you need more than one of these remedies in order to effectively manage your knee pain. The good news is that these self-help methods often allow people to live a more active lifestyle, despite having problems with their knees.
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