Many individuals world over prefer to use home remedies to treat their knee pain. For low to medium levels of pain, these can sometimes be very effective at alleviating discomfort and improving mobility. Some common home remedies are outlined below. However, as always it is best to consult a medical practitioner for guidance.
R.I.C.E. Therapy for Knee Pain
Rest-Ice-Compress-Elevate (R.I.C.E) is used as a basic first-aid approach globally when an individual gets a muscle strain or sprain or fracture.
Rest: The patient must rest their leg, raising and moving it only when absolutely essential.
Ice: Ice should be applied to the knee up to eight times a day every twenty minutes.
Compress: The knee should be bandaged or wrapped to keep inflammation under control.
Elevate: The foot should be kept elevated above heart level.
Often home remedies involve applying heat to the pain, injury or strain. The patient can apply a warm towel or a heating pad to increase blood circulation and enhance flexibility. He/she may massage the affected area gently as long as its not causing more pain. It is however important to watch out for any cuts or bruises.
It is important to make sure that the patient moves around and doesn’t stay in one position too long, which may cause stiffness leading to further pain and discomfort. Exercises such as stretching and gently extending the knee may be done after consulting a medical practitioner. It may be advisable to sleep with a pillow underneath or between the knees.
** This web page illustrates various therapies/treatments, which patients generally adopt to treat pain. These illustrations should not be considered as recommendations or endorsements of such therapies by Company for treating such pain. Please consult your surgeon/doctor to find the best available treatment suited for your knee pain.