It may sound surprising, but knee pain is a complaint that people across all age groups around the world have at some point or the other. It is a very common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors, and likewise treatments are administered on the basis of cause as well as the severity of injury or pain.
Knee pains are most commonly associated with muscle strain and wear and tear from ordinary everyday activities. These activities include walking, bending, squatting, standing, lifting, pushing, pulling and essentially any activity that entails exerting one’s legs. People who engage in activities involving significant physical exercise, such as athletes and sportspersons, are more likely to experience knee pains than those with relatively more sedentary lifestyles.
Regardless of what activities a person engages in, knee pain, whether it is caused due to aging or due to injury or strain, it can be a major hindrance to their normal day to day activities. It can be a nuisance to live with, or may be severely limiting one’s physical abilities or even debilitating in some instances.
But what are the risk factors that are associated with knee pain? Let’s explore!
- Weight Issues
People who have weight issues, such as being overweight or obese, are going to endure more stress on their knee joints even in the course of their normal daily activities, which include walking, going up and down the stairs, sitting and standing. Being overweight puts people at a greater risk of developing osteoarthritis due to an acceleration in the breakdown of joint cartilages.
- Lack of Muscle Capabilities
If someone’s muscles lack strength and flexibility, they will be at a higher risk of knee injuries. Having strong muscles help to stabilise and protect the joints. Likewise, flexibility of the muscles make movement easier and hassle free.
A person’s lifestyle has a direct effect on their likelihood of developing knee pains. For example, someone with a more active lifestyle is at a greater likelihood of developing knee pains than a person who leads a relatively more sedentary lifestyle.
- Sports and Occupations
The sports a person plays and the work they are engaged in have a direct effect on the likelihood of developing knee pain. Certain athletic sports, such as running, football, basketball, as well as exercises like weightlifting, push ups and even one’s profession if physically demanding, result in increased chances of developing knee pain.
- Injuries Incurred Previously
If someone has incurred an injury that previously affected either or both of their knees, it is more likely that they will develop knee pain again.
Now that we’ve discussed some of the causes behind knee pains, let us come to the various remedies against this all too common problem. In this blog, we have listed out some of our suggestions and advice on how you can prevent as well as treat knee pain at home.
- Apply Oils or Balms
The application of Ayurvedic pain oil or balm to massage your joints can help to provide relief to knee pains. Rubbing oils or balms will make the skin absorb them easier and relieve pain. You could consider using KMP Ayurvedic balm to apply on the joints that are painful. Massaging oils and balms helps to stimulate blood flow, speeding up the pain relief process.
- Keep a Check on Your Posture
Take care of your posture both while sitting as well as standing. It is recommended that you avoid prolonged periods of sitting or standing, as your joints may stiffen up in the process and become painful without regular movement. Avoid sitting on low chairs, or use a cushion or pillow to raise the level of your seating position. Use ergonomic chairs if possible.
- Wear the Right Kind of Shoes
You can keep knee pains in check with something as simple as your choice of footwear. Wearing shoes with cushioned insoles can help to reduce the stress on your knees. For people having knee osteoarthritis, it is recommended by doctors to fit their shoes with special insoles. If you have knee osteoarthritis or would like more information about the most suitable insole for you, do consult your doctor or physiotherapist.
- Do Exercises Regularly
Doing cardio exercises help you strengthen the muscles that support your knee. These exercises help you to increase your flexibility, as do weight training and stretching exercises. Walking, jogging and swimming are recommended activities that help keep your muscles flexible and in good shape.
- Consider Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a practice that involves inserting needles at very specific points on a person’s body. This practice is used to provide relief for many types of pains including knee pains. Acupuncture may help to reduce short term pain as well as improve the physical abilities of people who have knee osteoarthritis. Recent research in this field has shown that the pain relief effects of acupuncture have the potential to last for longer periods of time.
- Avoid Falls or Injuries
If you have a painful or an unstable knee, you are at a greater risk of losing your balance and falling. This will, in turn, cause more damage to your knee, and of course increased knee pain. You can keep your risks of falling down or injuring yourself to a minimum by making sure your home is properly illuminated, holding onto handrails while using staircases, ensuring that there are no random objects strewn around around on which you could trip over, and by using a firm and sturdy ladder or stool while reaching for objects in higher places.
- Eat Right
As mentioned earlier, those who have higher than normal body weight are at a higher risk of developing knee pains. This is because carrying extra weight puts more strain on the joints and muscles. Therefore, maintaining a healthy diet which has a higher proportion of fruits and vegetables as well as fibres, and a lower proportion of meats, fats and excess carbohydrates. However, it is best that you consult your doctor or a dietitian for advice in this regard.
At KMP Ayurvedic, we are committed to providing you with personal care products that are effective against pain relief, beneficial for health and made available for purchase at reasonable prices. KMP is a leading brand in the personal care market, and our pain relief products are highly recommended for conditions such as knee pains. There are several pain balm uses, and knee pain is one of the most common use cases for Ayurvedic balm. KMP Ayurvedic is committed to your health and wellbeing.