What Advice Should I Follow For My Knee Pain?
With so many online health hubs, orthopedic medical professionals and peer chat rooms exist offering advice, it can be a daunting task to decide whose advice to follow. Because knee pain plagues people young and old, active and sedentary, we're going to dispel the three most common myths we hear about how knee pain should be treated. If you've been suffering from knee pain, no matter the cause, read on to get a grasp of which myths you'll want to watch out for.
Dispelling Myths Surrounding Knee Pain Treatment
1. Ice is always the best remedy for knee pain. Myth! Sure, ice feels good because it numbs the affected area of pain and discomfort, but does it actually offer healing support? In almost all cases we say no! To break it down simply, ice restricts while heat facilitates flow. When we're creating a healing process we need to deliver nutrients to the affected area, not stop them from reaching the affected area. Cold restricts circulation; impeding flow of blood to the affected area- and, what's in blood? The nutrients and bio-chemicals required to help reduce inflammation and help your pain diminish.
We know that pain can be off the charts sometimes. If you must apply cold to reduce your sensation of pain, do it for a short time and surround the area with heat packs simultaneously. The application of heat surrounding the cold will encourage those nutrients to flow to the affected area without you having to worry about associated tendons, ligaments, muscles and the joint space being damaged by cold. The every other day application of heat combined with regular acupuncture sessions can help knee pain reduce and resolve over time.
2. One size fits all approach to treating knee pain. Myth 2! How could this be true? If you experience rheumatoid arthritis and a friend deals with knee pain from their athletic event being the high jump, the type of treatment you'll both seek will most likely be different. This is even the case with acupuncture- and what makes it so effective at treating a myriad of knee pain issues. Treatments that are tailored specifically to you- to your whole health goals, are the most ideal. If you're that person with rheumatoid arthritis, your treatment may involve modalities for knee pain that include both an external and internal approach because of immune system involvement. Certain herbal formulas, herbal soaks and gentle forms of acupuncture may be most suited for your case. When your friend sees us, his treatment may be more aggressive. Perhaps he will benefit from incorporating electro-stimulation and passive range of motion into his treatment model. Essentially, the "best" type of knee pain treatment is one that effectively takes all of your personal needs and health goals into consideration before mapping it out.
3. "Sit back relax and just wait it out." Ouch, myth 3. While "slow and steady wins the race" can be an effective strategy to healing for many knee pain sufferers, completely discontinuing activity is not the implied message. Pain can be tough to bear- it often causes fatigue, emotional difficulty and uncomfortable sensations. An everyday reminder to motivate yourself toward healing is that movement is the secret to ending knee pain. We often see patients who have sustained a knee injury or deal with chronic knee pain who are now leading sedentary lifestyles. When we sit still, this can potentially lead to the spread of discomfort and pain in other areas because of lack of blood flow. Movement, even when it's gradual, facilitates flow. Movement tells our brain we're ready to heal.
Therapeutic exercises, acupuncture, passive range of motion, herbal preparations that facilitate flow and massage are all examples of healing modalities that help facilitate movement to decrease and manage knee pain. When you come to see us, we'll develop a plan that's developed to incorporate movement that's commensurate to your personal situation. You may start off at a point where we assist you with therapeutic movement.
We hear that when the pain is unbearable people turn to rest. With the introduction of acupuncture and massage, we can help reduce soreness and increase vitality so that you'll want to move. We strive to help our patients heal by introducing these complementary modalities so you will have the confidence to become an active part of healing your knee pain moving forward.