Reducing Knee Pain

January 14, 2019


While living an active lifestyle is one of the best things you can do for your joints, it can commonly result in injury. Common problems related to knee pain include: sprained ligaments, meniscus tears, tendinitis, runner’s knee, bursitis, osteoarthritis and excess weight. Common symptoms of knee pain include:

  • Pain when using the stairs
  • Swelling in one or more joints
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the knee
  • Recurring pain or tenderness
  • Inability to move a joint normally

Approximately 27 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, a form of “wear and tear” arthritis that is the leading cause of knee pain in individuals over the age of 50. This condition causes stiffness early in the day, as well as swelling and aching of the knee joint, especially when individuals are active.

Whether your symptoms include one or all of those listed below, there are ways to reduce your knee pain. Below are six steps that you can take to be proactive in your pain relief:

  1. Slow down – resting the knee for several days by limiting intense activity
  2. Apply ice – icing the knee for 15 to 20 minutes every 3 to 4 hours will curb pain and swelling
  3. Compress – using elastic bandages or straps will help add support and minimalize swelling
  4. Elevate – placing a pillow under the heel when sitting or lying down to reduce inflammation
  5. Medicate – taking anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen (after consulting with a physician)
  6. Stretch and Strengthen – practicing exercises to increase flexibility and muscle strength-

If you experience continued knee pain, the specialists at the Three Rivers Health Pain Management Program can help you get back to your life. The Three Rivers Health Pain Management Program is staffed by board certified and fellowship trained pain management physicians who use a balanced approach to care including the use of diagnostics, physical therapy, interventional procedures and medication management when appropriate.

If you are ready to get back to your life, ask your physician about a referral to the Three Rivers Health Pain Management Group.