Knee pain is not uncommon and there are often injuries that result from seemingly minor work-related injuries. One wrong move and you may find it difficult to walk and later discover you have done some serious damage to your knee. There are also a lot of concerns about knee pain growing worse as we age and develop conditions like arthritis that can make movement painful.
Depending on the type of injury or medical condition you have, knee pain will be treated in a number of different ways. One of the most important things to remember when it comes to your knees is to not delay treatment. If you do not go to a doctor for a proper diagnosis and the start of treatment, you could re-injure yourself even more severely. Typically you should seek medical attention when you find it uncomfortable to walk or put pressure on the knee or if there is a serious swelling in the knee region.
Again, depending on the diagnosis of your knee pain, your doctor may prescribe one or more of the following treatments to help you cope:
Plenty of Rest
Most knee pain that stems from injury will require a period of extended rest. This is necessary to help reduce the inflammation in the joint so pain will subside and healing can occur. Crutches may be necessary for movement to keep the weight off of your knee when you have to move.
Knee pain is often treated with either ice or heat or both to reduce swelling and pain in the knee joint. Heat is used for chronic pain as it can relax the tissues to allow more blood flowing in the area. Ice is used to treat acute injures during the initial days when swelling is present. The cold will reduce the amount of swelling to promote healing of the injury.
Doctors will prescribe this kind of medication for people suffering from medical conditions chronic in the knee that cause pain including bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritis.
Cortisone is used to treat inflammation causing knee pain.
Orthopedic conditions will require physical therapy treatment including routine stretching exercises to relieve knee pain and improve strength and flexibility in patients.
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