Knee Pain

Cures And Remedies For Knee Pain

Every year, millions visit a doctor complaining of pain in the knee. In fact, knee pain is the most common reason to go see a bone and joint surgeon.

Specifically, the knee is where the thigh bone comes together with the tibia. The tibia bone is the largest bone in the lower portion of the leg. At the joint between the thigh bone and the tibia rests the patella or knee cap. The entire joint is covered by the synovial sac which produces a lubricant like fluid for the functioning of the joint. Of course, other body parts are involved in making up the entire knee joint: muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons.
Knee Pain Symptoms & Natural Cures
The knee joint allows for rolling movements, rotating movements, and gliding actions. Because of the joint’s extreme versatility and complete range of motion and despite that the knee is able to support a person’s body weight two to three times over, the knee is highly susceptible to injury.

Knee pain, therefore, can be caused by many different factors and reasons. In general, pain in the knee is experienced as an aching feeling or as an on fire sensation.

Causes of Knee Pain

A lot of different conditions and diseases are associated with knee pain. Knee pain lasting for a short amount of time may simply be caused by overexertion. The following list describes the ten most common reasons for knee pain.

Arthritis: Arthritis is probably the most common association with knee pain. There are three types of arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid, and septic. Osteoarthritis is joint degeneration. Rheumatoid is joint inflammation. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.

Bursitis: The bursae of the knee is a protective structure within the joint that protects from general friction. Bursitis is caused by inflammation. The inflammation of the bursae can be caused by larger existing issues such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Interestingly, bursitis was once known as “the house-maid’s knee,” because of the constant kneeling one did as a house maid to clean floors. Bursitis can simply be caused by an over-use of the joint in a particular movement—such as continued kneeling.

Cysts: Cysts are simply fluid-filled sacs. A cyst around the knee joint causes not only general knee pain, but can also be the central cause of swelling of the knee.
Fracture: Any kind of break or crack in the bones that make up the knee joint will cause knee pain. That means a crack or break in the patella, the tibia, or even anywhere in the thigh bone can cause pain within the knee.

Gout: Gout places an inordinate amount of uric acid within the blood. The uric acid is produced as a result of an internal bodily chemical process gone hay-wire. Besides joint pain in general, uric acid can leave deposits of a crystal like substance in and near joint areas. At it’s most benign, gout can cause rheumatoid arthritis. At it’s worse, gout can cause total joint destruction.

Ligament injury: Ligaments support the knee. Any injury or overuse to the knee ligaments can cause serious pain. This type of injury is most common with sports.

Loose bodies: Anything floating around the knee joint can cause pain. These loose bodies can be anything from ligament and/or cartilage fragments to crystal deposits caused by uric acid in the blood stream.

Meniscus related problems: At the top end of the tibia where it meats the thigh bone sits shock absorbers, much like what is found in a vehicle’s suspension system. Only this shock system is made up of cartilage and is called menisci. A meniscus related problem is another one of those sports associated injuries, though damage can be done to the menisci other than participating in sports. Damage happens normally as a tear. A meniscus tear can also happen due to old age too.

Osteonecrosis: Osteonecrosis is bone degeneration. Osteonecrosis can cause knee pain when the degeneration of the bone happens along the thigh bone or the tibia. The problem can not only lead to knee pain, degeneration of the particular bone in question, but can cause deformity. Osteonecrosis occurs when there is a decreased blood supply to the bone. The decreased supply can sometimes occur due to a fracture or break.

Patellofemoral pain: No one knows exactly what causes patellofemoral pain. The pain centers specifically around the knee cap or the patella, and does not seem to spread. There is some suspicion that the patellofemoral pain is caused by an unusual rapid growth of some sort, the bones repositioning themselves in an odd way, a weakening of the muscles around the patella, or decreased range of flexibility in the knee. Whatever causes the patellofemoral pain is pretty much just a good, educated guess though. The pain is also sometimes referred to as anterior knee pain syndrome.

Knee Pain Prevention

Whether recovering from a knee injury or just trying to avoid knee injury and pain altogether, knee strengthening exercises are a great solution. Also, wear proper shoes with an adequate amount of foot support. If one is involved in a heavy exercise workout or knee-demanding sports such as basketball or skiing, be sure to warm up with stretches before engaging in such activities.

The following four exercises are designed specifically to strengthen the knee area, and strengthening any individual part of the body is a great prevention method to help avoid injury and pain to that body area.
Knee Pain Remedies
Exercise One: Stand approximately six to twelve inches away from a wall. Squat, then lean the upper body away from the wall until the hip comes against the wall. Do this for about twenty seconds, then switch sides.

Exercise Two: Standing, cross left foot over the right. Raise arms straight above the head. Lean to the left as far as possible without bending knees. After twenty seconds, switch feet around and lean to the right.

Exercise Three: Feet together, stand approximately twelve inches away from a wall. Stretch your arms out horizontally. Don’t bend the knees. With the right hand, bend at the waist and reach as far down as possible. Remain in this position for about twenty seconds, then repeat with the left hand.

Exercise Four: Lie on the right side of the body on the floor. The elbow should be resting on the floor as well. Lift the left leg approximately a foot high. Repeat twenty times or as much as could be tolerated until thirty reps are reached. Repeat the exercise lying on the left side of the body and lifting the right leg.

Risk Factors for Knee Pain

Previously stated all ready, many different conditions, symptoms, diseases, and conditions can cause knee pain. Certain individuals may be at higher risk for knee pain than others though. For instance, habitual runners have higher instances of knee pain. Because the knee does support at least the entire weight of the body and at least up to three times the weight of the body, those that are overweight are at higher risk to suffer from knee pain.

Those that are involved in high impact supports such as basketball, skiing, football, soccer, tennis and lacrosse are all more likely to find themselves suffering from knee pain. Anybody in a work related field that requires repetitive kneeling or crawling such as laying flooring and carpeting are more likely to develop knee pain symptoms. Lastly, with the onset of advance age, knee pain is almost a guarantee for the majority of the population.

Knee Pain Diagnosis

After going over a general medical history and then performing a physical exam of the person suffering from knee pain, an orthopedic (bone & joint) physician or surgeon can make a diagnoses as to what is causing the knee pain. In general, the exam includes bending the knee to figure out the complete range of motion and flexibility left in the knee. The doctor will also feel the knee with his hands, looking for any strange growths, deposits, or other abnormalities. Other tests may be administered as well as X-rays. In extreme cases, the use of an MRI or a computed tomography is not unheard of.

Knee Pain Treatment

Once diagnosed and the exact cause determined, there are three main methods of treating knee pain: herbal and other natural remedies, over the counter and prescription drugs, and surgery.

Herbal and Other Natural Remedies for Knee Pain

At least twenty different herbs exist for knee pain relief. They can be categorized as topical treatments and herbs that can be ingested for the pain.

Topical Herbs

  • Basil: Use as an oil.
  • Comfrey: Use as an oil rub and will relief the symptoms of aching joints and joint stiffness.
  • Eucalyptus: An essential oil rub, the eucalyptus reduces swelling.
  • Ginger: Ginger reliefs arthritis, general joint stiffness, and pain from degenerative joint disease. Use as in a bath or as a hot compress.
  • Lavender: Another oil rub that can be used to alleviate aching joints and stiffness.
  • Mustard: For general knee pain, mustard can be used in a topical paste rub or in a bath.
  • Red Pepper: Helps with swelling and arthritic pain. Use as a lotion.
  • St. John’s Wart: Alleviates aching joints and stiffness. Use as an oil rub.
  • Wintergreen: For chronic, persisting pain in the knee, wintergreen can be used as an oil rub.

Ingestible Herbs

  • Celery: Treats gout and swollen joints. Used as a tincture—a mixture of infused alcohol. Vodka seems to work the best. Works as a decoction.
  • Chamomile: reduces swelling and spasms.
  • Deadly Nightshade: Alleviates swollen joints.
  • Devil’s Claw: Use in a tablet or pill form. Alleviates swollen joints.
  • Flaxseed: Works as a joint lubricant and is used in an oil form.
  • Geranium: Used against chronic and long-term, persistent pain.
  • Jamaican Dogwood: Works against swelling an general pain.
  • Lemon Juice: Helps with swelling.
  • Prickly Ash: Should be taken as a tea and relieves joint pain.
  • White Willow: Taken in a pill form or as a decoction. Helps joint swelling and pain.
  • Wild Lettuce: Reduces swelling and joint pain.

Various other natural remedies exist for relieving and treating knee pain. A few of the more traditional natural methods include: acupuncture, exercise, and massage.

Some of the more odd natural remedies for knee pain include acupressure, aromatherapy, magnetic therapy, and Rolfing. Acupressure is like acupuncture as in it utilizes pressure points on the body, but does not require the use of needles. Aromatherapy with the use of essential oil such as rosemary and peppermint seem to relax muscles in general and relieve pain as well.

Concerning magnetic therapy, it is believed that magnetic fields increase blood flow. Wearing a therapeutic magnet near the knee may also reduce pain by blocking the pain receptors. Rolfing is a painful, deep tissue massage technique believed to speed the healing process and help manage pain.

Over The Counter And Prescription Drugs

Knee pain can be self-medicated also with drugs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen. These specific drugs can be found over the counter in name brands such as Advil and Motrin, Aleve, and Tylenol respectively.

Prescription treatments may include narcotics or pain reducers such as tramadol. Some drug treatments involve injecting the drug directly into the knee.

Surgery

In the majority of cases of knee pain, patients do fine with the natural or over the counter treatments; however, with patients suffering from arthritis and osteoarthritis specifically, the only way to alleviate the pain is surgically replacing the knee altogether.

In a knee replacement surgery, the top portion of the tibia and the bottom portion of the thigh bone are replaced. Not all patients will need the entire knee replaced. Postoperative preparation is painful and recovery is also rather painful. Recovery involves six to eight weeks of intense physical therapy as well.


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  1. MAHIDHAR 28 April 2011 at 9:26 am permalink

    I am having knee pain from past 5 years due to the lack of cartilage. Even my mum has the same problem i am 48. Is there any herbal treatment to get back cartilage and relief from pain while walk and stepping down the stairs

  2. Dimar 18 June 2011 at 12:36 pm permalink

    2 pills a day and no pain. Natural combination all in one pill. My husband used to take 6-8 ibuprofen a day, 2 each time for pain, I used to take 2-5. Now, we don’t take any. It is a combination of Glucosamine,Chondroitin Sulfate, Hyaluronic Acid, and any anti inflamatory ingredient like: turmeric, MSM, boswellia, bromelain. Excellent options are: over the counter at all pharmacies: Osteo Bi-flex, and Arthri-D3 at 1-800-326-8212 If one of the 4 key ingredientes is missing it won’t work well. No painkillers needed.

  3. May Paiva 24 July 2011 at 8:51 am permalink

    I Get Severe Knee Pain On The side of
    my Right knee from the inside This Happens
    only when when i sit down.I stand For long
    Hours At Work There is No Pain.
    The Pain starts as i sit down.Pls Advice.

  4. kathy 1 August 2011 at 2:58 pm permalink

    i have a lump on the back of my right knee and its swollen and tight painfull

  5. Rangnath 3 August 2011 at 5:34 am permalink

    I am 70 yr.old. I am reasonably fit with weight under control and doing exercise everyday…walking, yoga asanas. But since a week I am having pain in rt. knee.I suspect it to be due to injury-to legament while exercising. Can you recommend home treatment please?

  6. Anuj 26 August 2011 at 8:50 am permalink

    i was having pain in inside of my left knee for about 10-12 days. Along with that i had crackling sound in knee when i walked. The pain has subsided on its own gradually but the sound in knee is still there but has reduced somewhat. What medicine should i take.

  7. abhay.s.thatte 1 September 2011 at 4:55 pm permalink

    dear sir,
    kindly advise how basil can be used as an oil for knee pain.Can it be prepared at home if so,please,please advise the details thereof & process of applying

  8. Rana yaseen 16 September 2011 at 9:30 am permalink

    i am 62 . i have pain in knee from one years when i stand and walk it pain in my right knee. i use the alopethic medicine but not complete clear the problem. i have some clastrol level high and uric acid also some high. so what you suggest plz reply

  9. rukmini 12 October 2011 at 12:40 am permalink

    had tkr surgery 4 months go, the pain and stiffness are still there,is there any homeopathic remedy for this pain
    rukmini iam 70 years old

  10. SHRIKANT MEGERI 19 October 2011 at 12:52 pm permalink

    WHEN I AM CYCLING SOUND COMES AND KNEE BECOMES WARM PLZ SUGGEST MEDICATION..

  11. K L Rao 25 November 2011 at 7:59 am permalink

    I am having knee pain while climbing stairs. please advice

  12. marikkannan 25 November 2011 at 7:15 pm permalink

    dear sir
    i am having pain on my left knee joint for
    4 months.i took x-ray test.there is little wear in between the joint.so plz suggest that
    how to solve the problem

  13. shyamal kumar 9 December 2011 at 12:27 am permalink

    Hi, my mom having knee pain from past 3-4 years, she is 48 years old. we are doing homeopathy treatment, for some time pain is relief but after some time it’s pain again started. so please advice me what can i do for permanent treatment. Thank you

  14. padmanabhan 30 December 2011 at 4:41 pm permalink

    dear sir,

    Hi, my mother is suffering from shoulder and knee pain severe since from 10 years, her age is 76 yrs. please advice me what can I do for permanent treatment – Thanking you

  15. Julia Larsen 6 January 2012 at 2:36 am permalink

    Rheumatologist PWRs ibex sulfaSAKAZINE for my knee pain, but blood work showed increase white blood cells so I am allergic to that. Now using Hydroxychloroquine another prescription and so far so good. I feel less pain to no pain and swelling decreased. Drs have to try as we do to see what works best. I am sad knee pain, arthritis,maybe rheumatoid arthritis in both knees. Have been an athlete my whole life, live a healthy lifestyle….I appreciate so much info on web and many new findings to help as I age. Be positive and instead of running try biking…stay active. Best to all in 2012!

  16. Gillian Underwood 9 January 2012 at 2:49 pm permalink

    I had a total knee replacement 8 weeks ago and I am intolerant to all anti inflammatory medication I have been prescribed. Each time I do exercise etc my knee swells up and is very stiff. I am using ice and rest. Is there any homeopathic remedy anyone can recommend?

  17. Mehr Naz 19 February 2012 at 2:59 pm permalink

    My friend having intense pain in her knee from 6 years and she is 41 year old. when she walk and steping down or upstairs she feel pain and when set down then feel pain in standing up.Is there any treatment of in homeopathic.

  18. Ripal Shah 3 March 2012 at 5:28 pm permalink

    I am having knee pain while climbing stairs. please advise homeopathic treatment i am 41 year old.

  19. veena mahajan 17 March 2012 at 12:53 pm permalink

    I got tkr on left knee on22/11/11 andgot physiothrapy for 35+7 days.for the first 30 days everything seems to be alright but afterwords iam getting severe pain sometimes through out the day while in the morning the stiffness +pain is more ofcourse it subsides after taking painkiller.I got the surgery done to get relief from pain Any suggestion please.

  20. Julie 20 March 2012 at 5:39 pm permalink

    I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with osteoneucrosis and has basically been given an oh well, there is nothing we can do routine. Curious to know what essential oils, herbs, foods, etc. that can help to work toward trying to reverse her condition (like we can for osteoarthritis). Any suggestions?

  21. le xodus 25 March 2012 at 1:02 pm permalink

    my wife do have knee pains on her right leg each time she stands for about 20min.
    she is her mid 20s, she is not an athlet
    . pls what could be responsible? and how can it be cured? thanks

  22. Joy PATTINSON 3 April 2012 at 10:52 am permalink

    I just got The Stick – it is great and I recommend this to everybody needing to strengthen muscles. I am about to undergo injections of Hyaluronic Acid into my left knee as an alternative to surgery. Hyaluronic acid is believed to cushion the knee joint and ‘replace’ cartilage. Meantime to order The Stick via
    TheStickEurope.com. All elderly people should own one and keep their muscles in shape.

  23. Julio Pie 21 August 2012 at 3:25 pm permalink

    I am 57 years old, usually I practice sports but since 2001 I can even do a sort sprint because the pain on my knee doesn’t allow me to run anymore, I walk normally but I can not walk for too long or standing for hours, the Doctor’s recommend me surgery, also told me back in 2001 that in a year I will not be available to walk anymora, but here I am 2012 and still with the same strugles but not on a wheelchair, what could you recommend me, I ear about Instaflex and other brand, please give me your opinion. Thank you.

  24. Manish singh 25 August 2012 at 3:05 am permalink

    Dear sir,

    Hi, my mother is suffering from shoulder and knee pain severe since from 1 years, her age is 45 yrs. please advice me what can I do for permanent treatment – Thanking you

  25. money ram 30 August 2012 at 1:42 am permalink

    exactly what remedy or remedy finder helped me so far. sometimes applied arthiritis oil etc one doctor advised me to use hot water bag on the knee two times a day. Though active, dance, etc. this pain is not subsiding. God only knows what will cure this symptom
    money ram

  26. Alistair Taylor 2 November 2012 at 1:01 pm permalink

    It really help me a lot..Thank you so much for posting this article.

  27. Ramu 11 September 2013 at 5:42 am permalink

    I 29 years.I am suffering from right knee joint pain in past 5 years, doctors observes my problem past 5 years but no use .still lam suffering, please give a good advice and save my life

  28. Cynthia Alicea 26 September 2013 at 3:52 pm permalink

    Hyaluronic Acid is a miracle cure for knee pain and replacing lost cartilage. Also Glucosamine throughout the day. I use Glucosamine Twist Tubes from Nutrilite which is a vitamin liquid that is added to water (tastes like Vitamin Water without the sugar). Look for it here: cynergy.mychoices.biz. Hyaluronic Acid should be purchased at a reputable vitamin provider. I get mine for Wellness Resources. Good Luck!

  29. obiba 25 October 2013 at 12:22 pm permalink

    Hi, my mother is suffering from shoulder and knee pain severe since from 1 years, her age is 45 yrs. please advice me what can I do for permanent treatment – Thanking you

  30. jane 7 February 2014 at 5:41 am permalink

    please give me advice my mother has leg pain and 4years ago she had an left hip replacement,but now her right leg is paining sometimes she cant walk with it.she is 63 years old and doesn’t want another operation isn’t there an natural remedy that will relief her pain.

  31. nea 14 February 2014 at 9:10 pm permalink

    When stepping up and down stairs I feel pain. When I set down, I feel pain in standing up especially after going for a walk in the neighborhood.
    The inside side of the knee is sore and sometimes swollen especially after playing golf. I think I have Rheumatoid joint inflammation. Please advice me what I can do for treatment.

  32. yasmin 16 February 2014 at 12:51 am permalink

    I HAD 2 KNEE KEY HOLD OPRATION,BUT MAKE ME MORE WORSE,CAN YOU PLEASE ADVICE ME.YASMIN,I AM 45 YEARS OLD.

  33. DEVENDER KUMAR LOGANI 2 August 2014 at 10:29 pm permalink

    i am at the age of 62 years old i have acute knee problem more in the right leg and less pain in the left leg due to greasing problem as advise by the doctors.the space between the knee bone reduces and greasing problem. the x ray shows due to ostoarthtis problem.please advise me the best solution as allopathic medicine is not releiving the acute pain.
    thanks

  34. Alice 10 August 2014 at 3:36 pm permalink

    I have been adviced to undergo knee replacement any alternative by natural treatment

  35. priyanka 3 September 2014 at 5:36 pm permalink

    mere leg me ankle ke upper boneline me 1” area me pain hota hai.please homeopathy treatment batein.

  36. anita arora 13 September 2014 at 11:12 am permalink

    I am having knee pain from past 5 years due to the lack of cartilage. Even my mum has the same problem i am 48. Is there any herbal treatment to get back cartilage and relief from pain while walk and stepping down the stairs and the grease has also lose from my knees

  37. jiji thomas 22 September 2014 at 7:08 am permalink

    Dear sir,
    Two years before my wife (aged 38)was slipped down in the bed room tommor ow we consult an ortho surgeon ,he reccomended 15 days rest with tied a knee belt (from tie to foot) in the right leg after that she could not recover it fully . Her right knee ligaments become loose after the injury.After that many times her patella (knee cap)slipped.We take ayurvedic treatment some relief get.Now the lst september her knee cap slipped. there is no relief now.
    please give us a good reply

  38. P V S S SASTRY 4 October 2014 at 6:57 am permalink

    I have problem in right knee,acute bend is ot possible , I cannot sit on the floor with folded legs so I have to stretch my right leg straight. I have severe pain in my right knee which will not allow me walk comfortably cannot walk fast and cannot jump. I am 50 yrs old. I am not taking any medicine. Can you suggest medicine in Homeopathy.

  39. Bhavika 8 October 2014 at 9:36 am permalink

    Hello sir,my mother suffering knee pain last 5 yr but now pain is more,from xray doctor say there is no space between thigh joint and lower joint of knee.she take alopethic pills but not slove at least liitle bit pain.can u give some home remidies,ya give massage oill name that relief pain.

  40. Md. Abdun Noor 14 October 2014 at 9:36 am permalink

    Dear Sir,

    My father is 79 years old and he has been suffering from (lift) knee pain for 6 months and he is under allopathic treatment but not yet any improvement,please advice me for my father’s sustainable pain clear treatment, Thanks

  41. ganesh 19 November 2014 at 10:02 am permalink

    My Knee Paining Suddenly Today ,I am Just 26 Year Old.I Don’t Know How It Is Plase Help…..


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