9 Key Ways to Treat Knee Pain That Really Work
Suffering from knee pain? Knee pain affects millions of adults of Americans every year. If properly treated, your injury will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Dr. Robert Supinski at Cumberland Bone & Joint Orthopedics in Somerset, KY, offers treatments for knee pain. Here are some ways to treat knee pain.
1. See a Doctor. If you have knee pain that does not disappear within a few days, see an orthopedic physician for a full evaluation. Orthopedic physicians can diagnose and treat knee injuries. Your doctor will perform a physical examination of your knee. Your doctor may suggest tests such as X-rays, CT scans, an ultrasound, or MRI.
2. Rest. All knee injuries require a period of rest. Resting after a knee injury will allow the healing process to begin. Avoid strenuous activites, such as jumping and running, until you can walk without it causing any pain. A few days of rest may be all you need for a minor injury. A severe injury is likely to need a longer recovery time.
3. Ice Therapy. Ice reduces inflammation and pain. You can use an ice pack wrapped in a paper towel to protect your skin. Apply the ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day. Don't use ice for longer than 20 minutes at a time because it could damage your skin or even lead to frostbite.
4. Heat Therapy. Heat can be a terrific way to ease knee pain. Heat penetrates deep into tissue to increase blood flow, stop pain and accelerate healing. You can use either dry heat -- such as heating pads -- or moist heat -- such as heated wash cloths or warm baths.
5. Steroid Injections. Patients who have knee pain may benefit from a cortisone shot when other treatments do not help. The numbing effect usually lasts two or three hours after the injection. The cortisone shot will relieve your pain over the next several days, and it will continue to work for several months.
6. Medication. Pain medication may help reduce your pain and inflammation. Most doctors treat knee pain will anti-inflammatory medicines such as naproxen, ibuprofen, or ketoprofen. You can also take acetaminophen for pain, although this medicine does not reduce inflammation. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow the instructions on the label.
7. Physical Therapy. One of the best ways to treat your knee pain usually involves a physical therapy program that uses manual and stretching techniques. Orthopedic physicians offer treatments that reduce the need for medications and surgery, and allow patients to participate in a recovery plan designed for their specific needs.
8. Knee Brace. You may receive a knee brace to keep your knee from moving. A knee brace prescribed by your doctor can relieve your pain and provide the support to allow healing. Your doctor can help you choose a knee brace and get the correct size.
9. Surgery. Surgery may be recommended if your pain is severe or you have mobility problems. Your Somerset doctor will discuss with you what the surgery may involve. If you choose to have surgery, your options may include arthroscopic surgery or knee replacement surgery.
Say goodbye to your knee pain forever. Call Cumberland Bone & Joint at 1(877) ORTHO-DOC today to schedule an appointment in Somerset, KY. Get your life back on track by receiving the best knee pain treatment available. Our treatments can improve your mobility, reduce your pain, and improve the quality of your life.