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5 Ways to Manage Your Knee Pain at Home
When you are suffering from knee pain often seeking help from a doctor is your best option. In addition to, and in tandem with medical help there are other things that you can do help manage your knee pain. This guide provides some specifics that can really help. Here’s a list simple things you can try at home.
1.Knee Specific Exercises
The following exercises will help strengthen the muscles surrounding the knees. Exercise is effective because your muscles are then able to take on more of the pressure and strain that comes from walking and moving around. Here are seven new exercises you can try to ease your pain:
- Wall Squats or Slides
- Step Ups
- Short Arc Quad
- Single Leg Dips
- Hamstring Curls
- Straight Leg Lifts
You won’t notice results right away, that’s normal but over time these exercises help build up your strength and restore flexibility and mobility. Consistent exercise including walking can help minimize knee pain, especially in unison with medical treatment. Don’t overdo it and be sure to stretch before and after the workout to prevent injury or extra strain.
2. A Healthy Diet
Yes, your diet is important when it comes to knee pain. Fruits and vegetables are preferred, especially if they have Vitamins C and K. You should also try and eat whole grain when possible.
Another component of a healthy lifestyle is getting enough sleep. While it may seem difficult to get a good rest when you’re in pain, your body and joints need sleep to be healthy.
Supplements are a healthy and simple way to encourage regrowth and healing in the knee. Your doctor can help recommend good option for you based on your condition and symptoms.
5. Extra Support
If knee pain is keeping you from doing simple things like walking, knee braces and orthotics may help. Orthotics are special inserts that are customizable to the unique form of your foot. They help ensure your body is properly aligned.
Another option is to get a knee brace or a cane. Both of these options can help take pressure off of the of the knee. You doctor and make suggestions that might be good for you.
6. Control the Temperature
Inflammation contributes to knee pain. Alternating cooling or ice packs can help minimize inflammation. Heating pads can also provide some relief, especially after icing.
Eliminate Knee Pain Today!
If you’re still feeling knee pain, come and talk with us here at MacKenzie SDI. Our team specializes in finding effective pain relief treatments for all of our patients. We’ll help you get the relief you need, so life becomes enjoyable again. Call us to schedule a free consultation today!