February 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Tips for Ayurveda

Knee joint is the most complicated weight bearing joint of the body which provides movements to us like walking, sitting, standing, running and possesses structures like bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons nerves that supplies the sensation.We extensively use the knees and therefore they are affected by wear and tear.

Causes of knee pain

  • Arthritis – which include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
  • Injury – a it is the most responsible joint of the body so there is increase risk of injury which, can damage to bone, ligament and cartilage that ultimately leads to severe knee pain.
  • Infection – any kind of infection to the knee joint may result in knee pain.
  • Obesity and advanced age – Both are very common cause of knee pain.
  • Overuse – overuse of knee joint can ultimately lead to intense knee pain.
  • Sprain- due to sudden unnatural movements , it causes pain as well as restriction of movement of the knee joint.
  • Dislocation of the knee cap – Also causes severe knee pain.
  • Other causes – Include Sarcoidosis, Sickle cell anemia, Lupus, Kawasaki disease, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, bone tumors, bleeding disorders etc.

General symptoms associated with knee pain

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Disability to move knee properly

The slow, controlled physical movement of joints is helpful for Arthritis patients. It improves the blood circulation in joints, removing unwanted toxins and other waste products. But the problem in the patients is if patient tries to move his limbs & joints then pain increases so patient does not move the limbs and problem increases. So it is vicious cycle, because of pain no movements and because there is no movement, the situation becomes worse. So patient should keep doing the movements which are possible for him.

Home remedies

Since your knees take so much of the impact of exercise and everyday living, it’s important to keep them healthy. Take note of the following home remedies to do just that.

Stay trim. More pounds of body weight (usually from body fat) can really stress the knees. So work on getting and keeping your weight within a healthy range (ask your doctor what that range is for you) by adopting a low-fat, lower-calorie diet, and getting regular exercise.

Buy shoes after looking at your feet. Buy the right shoes if your feet is slightly out of shape. You can order a pair after consultation with your doctor.  Wear the lowest heel possible. The body can tolerate a heel of about one inch; higher heels throw the body forward and stress the knees. Use shoes as per activity.  walking shoes for walking, running shoes for running, and so on. Wearing running shoes for walking can cause pain in the shins and, in some cases, knee pain.

Replace shoes as they get worn out. Often, knee problems are simply the result of walking or running in shoes that are worn out. Replace your athletic shoes every six months.

Don’t rely on OTC braces.. An OTC knee brace may make you aware of the knee and remind you to avoid over training, but it doesn’t really correct or prevent problems — in fact, it can give you a false sense of security and might tempt you to be less cautious than you should be.

Avoid “knee-busting” activities. Kneeling is painful, especially on hard surfaces.If you lift weights, never fully flex the knee, don’t “lock” your knees when you’re in the standing position, and keep the amount of weight you ask your knees to lift to a minimum.

If you’re doing some activity that requires kneeling, use a foam kneeling cushion or knee pads and give your knees frequent rest periods.

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