Our knee is the most complicated and largest joint in our body. It’s also the most vulnerable because it bears enormous weight and pressure loads while providing flexible movement. When we walk, our knees support 1.5 times our body weight; climbing stairs is about 3-4 times our body weight and squatting about 8 times. Because of the complexity of the muscles and tendons and ligaments around this joint, it is common for it to become sore after overuse or strain.
Severe knee pain that is caused by overuse typically subsides on its own after a few days, but you can try a few of these home care techniques to help reduce the pain while you heal:
- Icing — Apply a bag of ice or frozen vegetables to the sore area for 15 minutes two or three times a day. Do this for a few days to help reduce the swelling and assist with managing pain.
- Heating –After a couple of days of icing, you can begin to apply some heat. Heating the sensitive area should help provide some comfort while you’re recovering. Do not heat immediately when you initially experience pain because heating can make inflammation worse.
- Resting — Cut back on physical activities that put a lot of stress on your knee. You should continue maintaining some level of activity, but do not overdo it and cause more pain to develop in your knee.
- Compressing — To help reduce swelling, you should wrap your knee in a compression bandage. Do not wrap the knee too tight or you may cut off circulation or cause pain to grow more severe.
This kind of treatment should help provide some relief while your knee heals, but if your knee pain is more extreme or long-lasting, you should seek medical attention.
Treatment of knee pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem.Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you understand the cause of your symptoms before embarking on a treatment program. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment plan.
Getting help for severe knee pain
At Health Plus Physical Therapy, our physical therapists can identify the cause of your knee pain and assist you one on one physical therapy treatment to help you recover.
Some of the most common causes of severe knee pain include:
- Ligament and meniscus tears
- Tendinitis and more
Health Plus Physical Therapy team that has years of experience in working with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions like severe knee pain.
Get in touch or speak with the team at Health Plus Physical Therapy& Rehabilitation Center, Edison about your knee pain? Contact Us today to schedule an appointment to live pain free life.