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At-Home Treatments for Knee Pain

Knee-PainDo you suffer from knee pain? One hundred million Americans suffer from chronic pain. And the second most common cause of chronic pain is knee pain. There are many causes of a knee pain – it could be caused by some kind of trauma like a car accident, sports injury or even a major fall. Or it could be something has worn down the knee over time – muscular imbalances, repetitive stress related to a job or using incorrect form while squatting.

Below are some suggestions for things that you can do to help relieve your knee pain:

1. Apply ice – Many find considerable relief from applying ice to the knees. Ice works to reduce inflammation and swelling thus providing relief. Apply ice for 15 minutes every 2-3 hours as needed.

2. Wear a knee brace – This could be something as simple as a knee brace that you can buy from Wal-mart. It is a sleeve that fits snugly over the knee that gives support and stability to the knee while worn. This should be worn especially during any physical activity that stresses the knee.

3. Take NSAIDs – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can be taken to reduce swelling in the knee. By reducing the swelling, more space is created in the knee joint, thus taking pressure off of the nerves.

4. Correct your form while squatting. – If you do squats as part of your workout at the gym make sure you are using proper form. Make sure your knees don’t jut out past the front of your toes at the bottom of the squat. A good way to practice is to practice squats with no weight while facing a wall with your toes touching the wall. Practice doing squats via this method until you can achieve a full squat without your knees hitting the wall on your way down.

5. Chiropractic adjustments – Adjustments are able to normalize imbalances in many joints of the body including the knee and thus release pressure off nerves causing knee pain. Typically more than one adjustment is necessary to stabilize knee pain, but many find considerable relief after the first adjustment alone.

If you or someone you know is suffering from knee pain, we may

be able to help you at Health Quest through chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture or family medicine. Call us today to schedule an evaluation at 573-635-9655.


Yours in health,

Dr. Ted Tang D.C.

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