Knee pain affects nearly 25% of adults in the United States and accounts for nearly 20% of pain-related complaints overall.12 Further research suggests that osteoarthritis (for people age 50 and older) and obesity are the leading causes of knee pain.3 Still, knee pain impacts people of all ages and walks of life due to disease, overuse, and injury.
Try a Plant-based Diet
A plant-based diet is often recommended to athletes seeking optimal healing ability and to people suffering from chronic inflammation issues. Research on the connection between plant-based nutrition and inflammation is still growing, but recent studies suggest that adherence to a plant-based diet shows evidence of anti-inflammatory effects.45 Thus, professional athletes and health professionals alike have begun using vegetarian and vegan diets to aid arthritis symptoms and reduce the risk of injury due to excess inflammation.
Try the RICE Technique
In the event of a knee sprain or other minor injury, you can try practicing the RICE method:
- Rest – Take an easy day or two and limit time walking and standing.
- Ice – Wrap an ice pack in a towel for soothing, cool relief.
- Compress – Using an athletic bandage, wrap your knee to limit swelling.
- Elevate – Put your feet up on your couch or bed to ease pressure.
The RICE technique has been used for ages to limit swelling and reduce risk of further injury.
Try Homeopathic Arnica
If you are experiencing knee pain as a result of a minor injury, arthritis, or bruising, arnica can provide relief*. Homeopathic Arnica montana contains medicinal properties that stimulate the body’s response to healing, helping to speed recovery. As a result, arnica can assist with other symptoms like knee swelling and stiffness. Unlike many other pain-relieving drugs, homeopathic arnica does not have side effects, nor is it addictive.
*If you suspect an injury is serious or if your knee pain is severe, see a doctor immediately. Arnica is not recommended to heal serious injuries that require medical attention.