Overcoming the “OUCH” Factor: Ten Easy Home Remedies for Knee Pain
One of the most common reasons for impromptu doctor’s appointments, knee pain is a common compliant with many different common and not so common origins. From overuse and injury to arthritis and obesity, knee pain, while usually harmless, is something that should be addressed early on to avoid future issues with pain that tips the Richter scales.
Whether you are dealing with limited mobility or nursing a court injury, these ten easy home remedies for knee pain can help you get the relief you need without ever leaving the house.
#1: Elevate the Knee
Keeping your knee upright can really help to ward off inflammation and swelling associated with pain in the knee. Often times, inflammation itself is the source of pain. Keeping your knee propped up on a few pillows will help to decrease the inflammation and fight pain all at once.
#2: Use Heat
Heat is a comfort source for tired aching muscles. A warm bath can help to relieve tense, sore ligaments but a heating pad can also be useful. However, if you feel that you have inflammation in your knee, heat may not be the best option as it is known to increase inflammation when inflammation is already present.
#3: Cold Compresses
Ice may not be a very comfortable solution but it is highly effective. If you don’t have an ice pack, try a frozen bag of peas or anything else you have handy in the freezer. Cold compresses reduce inflammation, making them one of the number one choices to treat knee pain. Be sure to include a barrier such as a towel between your skin and the ice to avoid painful skin irritation.
Not only does massage feel good – it’s beneficial. Massage helps to loosen tense muscles and relieve toxins. If you don’t have any massage oil, olive oil is a good alternative. You’ll need three to four teaspoons and you’ll want to repeat this process a few times a day until you see improvement.
#4: Drink More Milk
Though it sounds like something your grandmother would say, drinking more milk really does do your body good. Milk strengthens not only bones but joints as well and stronger joints mean less pain. For a more mature and effective take on getting your milk in each day this concoction is the perfect blend for alleviating knee pain.
• 1 tsp crushed almond
• 1tsp walnut powder
• Pinch of turmeric
Simply mix these ingredients into one cup of milk. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow the milk to continue boiling until it is reduced by half its original mass. Remove from heat and allow to cool before drinking.
Ginger is a long recommended home remedy for almost everything under the sun but it can also be greatly effective for improving pain in the knee. Drinking ginger tea daily can reduce pain or you can opt for ginger oil massaged directly into the area that ails you.
Sometimes simply moving around can help to loosen things up. Try taking a walk around the house or in the backyard.
Omega 3 Oils
Though we usually think of omega 3 in pill form, this approach is a little different. Massage your knee twice daily with an ample amount of fish oil mixed with olive oil. Ten to fifteen minutes works best. You can also sleep in the mixture to improve effectiveness which should be seen within one week.
Wear the Right Shoes
Surprisingly, the source of knee pain may be coming from your feet. Rethink wearing uncomfortable shoes for extended periods of time. Arch support can make all the difference.
Rethink your diet and eat foods that support a healthy body. Fresh fruits, especially pineapple, and veggies are a must, as are nuts and dry fruits which can help fight inflammation. Egg yolks and walnut paste as well as papaya seed tea can also make a difference in your fight against knee pain.
The next time your knee begins to give you grief, test out these ten easy home remedies for knee pain. If your knee pain persists, see your doctor. Though the cause is likely benign, there’s no reason to suffer in silence.