At Home Relief for Knee Pain

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Knee pain afflicts millions of Americans. It can be caused by injury, arthritis or a host of other conditions that can affect the knee joint. While some injuries and problems have to be addressed by medical professionals, there are many alternative methods to treating knee pain without the use of prescription medications or doctor visits.

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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, also called NSAIDs, are a person's best friend when it comes to fighting arthritis and knee pain. These drugs work on arthritis pain by decreasing inflammation and easing stiffness. Ibuprofen (found in Advil and Motrin) and naproxen sodium (found in Aleve) are over-the-counter NSAID medications. Check with your doctor if you have questions about dosing and side effects or if you currently take other medications, because NSAIDs may interact with them.

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Heat Therapy

Joint pain may flare up when the joint becomes stiff from being cold. This happens most often at night when you are trying to sleep. Warm baths followed by a good massage with a liniment such as Icy Hot can help alleviate some of of the pain when used right before bedtime. A heating pad can also help. Remember to turn the heating pad off before you fall asleep, or use one with a shut-off switch that will prevent it from running all night.

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Cold Therapy

Another method of treatment, especially after exercise, is cold therapy. Applying ice to the knee after a workout will prevent or limit any swelling that may result from vigorous activity. Elevating the knee while you ice it will also help eliminate swelling.

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Applying a compression bandage, like an Ace Bandage, to the knee helps to support it when it is sore and stiff. After treating with ice and elevating the knee, wrapping it securely with a compression bandage can chase the last of any swelling away and support the knee joint while it is feeling "weak".

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