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What Can You Do For Knee Pain
Depends on Cause: This question is too broad to answer properly; would need more specifics.Location, duration, type of knee pain, aggravating factors, etc. are vital to understanding the cause, as is physical exam.A good history & phys. incl osteopathic hands-on exam may provide some answers.Could be neural/structural/infection, etc.Generic treatments incl. heat/ice,surgery, manipulation,prolotherapy, meds. ...Read more
Many things: Many different conditions may mimic or be referred to as runners knee. Most treatments begin with a course of exercise therapy (stretching and strengthening), along with anti-inflammatories, avoiding painful activities, rest, ice, compression, elevation. However, it is important to NOT assume that because you run and have pain, it is runners knee. A physician should give you a diagnosis. ...Read more
Why do some people have knee pain when they exercise? And what can you do to minimize the knee pain ?
Muscles, not joint: Janet g. Travell, md the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 50-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles not the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." begin a self-care self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strengthening exerci: Strengthening exercises would be most beneficial to rduce the knee pain, provided no other specific cause for the pain has been found, in which case that cause has to be treated/removed first. Strengthening of the front thigh (quadriceps) muscles as well as back of the thigh (hamstrings) would greatly help. ...Read more
Find out the cause: The best thing is to get the knee evaluated by an orthopedist. One needs to determine the cause of the pain. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormalities. ...Read more
Determine the cause: Get it evaluated and determine the cause of the pain. ...Read more
What to do for knee pain when doctor doesn't want me to take meds for it and he only wants me to use hot/cold packs.
SEVERAL CAUSES: 'bad knee pain' could be due to new or old trauma (causing degenerative arthritis/cartilage loss, degenerating ligaments...). Also an acute gout attack can cause 'bad knee pain' and a blood test can check this possibility. Another serious cause of knee pain is acute rheumatoid arthritis which causes swelling and pain (lab tests can distinguish). Finally, a knee infection (septic joint) is a 911. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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