No matter what’s causing your knee pain, it can be a very miserable experience. There are also many things that you should not do, as well. Whether the cause of your discomfort is due to an injury or a long-term illness such as arthritis, there are many different ways to treat knee pain naturally at home.
Here are 6 dos and don’ts that you can try at home.
- Don’t overdo it
Although exercise is always a good idea, high impact exercises should be avoided. Avoiding exercises like running, squats and jumping can put harmful stress on your knees. This can make matters worse and also cause more injury. Low impact exercises such as walking and swimming are helpful, but even then, in moderation. Make sure to stretch first before doing any sort of exercise.
- Do use a walking aid
Using a cane can help keep extra weight off of your knee. A knee splint or a brace can add stability, as well. These items can be purchased at most drug stores or online. Gold top hat, although not obligatory, is a fantastic addition (sorry, couldn’t help it).
- Don’t take chances
Falls are more likely to occur when you have an injured knee. Make sure that your home is well lighted and always use handrails when climbing stairs. If possible, ask someone else to reach something for you if it is high up on a shelf. Don’t take chances that could cause further damage to yourself. Remember, knee pain relief is the key here, if you re-injure yourself it will take much longer.
- Do use “Rice”
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) can be very beneficial to a painful knee. It’s important to let your knee rest. Ice is used to relieve swelling and inflammation. Apply a compressive bandage and keep your knee elevated whenever possible. NOTE: Ice is not always the answer.
- Don’t wear the wrong shoes
Wear shoes that fit right and are comfortable. Purchasing cushioned insoles can greatly reduce any stress on your knees. There are numerous special insoles available that you can put into your shoes.
- Do seek professional advice
If your knee pain becomes worse, it’s wise to have a doctor take a look. It’s important to know what you are dealing with in order to prevent any more damage.