Osteoarthritis and wear-and-tear arthritis are the most common causes of knee pain. Here are 5 ways to relieve the creaking and ease the discomfort:
1. Anti-Inflammatory Medications
Over-the-counter aspirin or ibuprofen work well.
2. RICE Therapy
Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation help lessen the swelling and pain.
3. Physical Therapy
Exercise that strengthens core and lower extremities can help reduce pressure on your knees.
4. Knee Braces
Braces can help stabilize and take pressure off the knee.
Cortisone injections help reduce swelling and pain; lubricant injections help the knee joints to move more smoothly.
If you can’t put weight on your knees and the pain and swelling are becoming worse, you should see a specialist to check for osteoarthritis, tears, or cartilage damage. To learn more about what pain management options are right for you, call 866.CENTRA7.