When I got knee tendinitis I didn’t know what it was and because the pain was constant I decided to visit the doctor. I’m self employed so I didn’t have the luxury of having an insurance plan paid for by my employer. Instead I have catastrophic insurance with a $5000 deductible which means I have to pay all doctors bills up to $5000.
Well, I first visited a doctor who took some X-Rays. He didn’t find anything wrong so he advised me to make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist. He told me to stay off my knee and take anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. I could have saved $1000 by implementing a simple home remedy to cure my knee joint pain.
10 Home Remedies For Knee Joint Pain
1. RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate)
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2. Knee strengthening exercises
Visit this page to read about the types of stretches and exercises you can do on a daily basis to heal and strengthen the knee. Building up the muscles surrounding the knee will prevent future knee injuries.
Biking places less stress on the knees. If you don’t experience any knee pain while pedaling this is a great way to stay in shape.
Note: Cyclists can also damage their knees, by thinking that the harder it is to pedal, the more exercise you get. Harder pedaling puts more strain on the knees chop it down a few gears to make it easier to pedal.
4. Non-prescription medication
Ibuprofen is a pain killer that can be picked up at your local pharmacy store for a few dollars. It’s the painkiller of choice recommended by most doctors because it reduces inflammation and provides pain relief without causing as many stomach problems as aspirin.
5. Joint Advance Supplement
This supplement relieves stiffness and soreness from the knee. It uses a combination of Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate and MSM which help your joints stay strong and healthy.
For comprehensive information visit the Joint Advance page.
6. Homeopathic medicine
Traumeel tablets and creams containing chamomile, echinacea, belladonna, calendula, and arnica are said to relieve knee pain. Dissolve the tablets under the tongue every few hours, or apply the cream directly to the knee. Be careful not to rub the cream onto broken skin.
7. Steam baths
Steam baths help reduce knee pain by improving the blood circulation around the knees, leading to reduced inflammation. Slightly massage the knee, while in the steam bath to make this remedy more effective.
Try light massaging of the knee area, with some easily available oils like coconut oil, mustard oil or even olive oil. Make sure you warm up the oil a little beforehand. Apply it three times in a day, to get adequate relief.
9. Invest in correct footwear
For many years I used the same shoes (not professional running shoes) until I got older and began experiencing pain while running. A trip to the running store showed I was overpronating which means excessive inward roll of the foot after landing. Evidence of this condition could be seen by the excessive wear on the inner side of my running shoes. After purchasing professional running shoes catered to overpronation the pain disappeared.
It pays to invest in correct footwear to prevent future knee pain problems from developing. Note: Replace your athletic shoes every six months or every 400 to 600 miles.
10. Avoid over-the-counter (OTC) knee braces
OTC Knee Braces can give you a false sense of security. It won’t actually correct your knee problems however if you prefer to use them, purchase a one-piece elastic brace so it applies even pressure to the knee.