I’ve been seeing a lot of people lately who are suffering from Knee Pain and asking for advice or tips on what they can do to ease it. So, I’ve decided to write a series of Knee Pain blogs to answer some common questions, “debunk” a few myths and help anyone struggling with Knee Pain that needs some help but hasn’t decided to come to see me yet.
A patient came into the clinic last week limping with knee pain and asked: “I’ve had Knee Pain for the past few weeks. I’m not sure what I did, but it just doesn’t seem to be going away. I’ve tried taking Ibuprofen, but that didn’t help much. Resting seems to help, but only while I’m resting. Every time I stand up and start moving again it hurts. I went and bought a knee brace to see if that would help, but I can still feel the pain and it gets worse when I take it off. What else can I do to get rid of this Knee Pain?”
Unfortunately, I hear this story all the time. So, I know how frustrating it can be when you have no idea what you’ve done to hurt your knee, and you’re trying everything you possibly can to get rid of the pain
– yet nothing really makes it feel any better.
Most people think and hope that since they didn’t have a traumatic injury that there will be a “quick & easy fix” to solve their problem.
This leads to a lot of people who are confused, frustrated and worried they will have this Knee Pain for the rest of their life. In many cases they’ve already been to their doctor who advised them to take pills and rest, or even worse they're told “it’s just a normal part of aging” and that they just have to accept it. All of this leaves them skeptical about what (or if anything) can be done to help with their knee pain.
So, today I want to address this idea of a “quick & easy fix” for your knees, or any joint for that matter – knees, back, neck, elbows, whatever – and tell you why it doesn’t work.
There are 3 common “quick fixes” that people THINK will ease their Knee Pain, that will actually make it worse.
So, don’t be fooled by these “quick fixes”! Painkillers, rest and braces may help ease your Knee Pain in the short-term, but they are not the long-term solution to SOLVE your knee pain.
If you've been suffering with Knee Pain for more than 2 weeks, or if your pain comes and goes, it might be time to consider Physical Therapy. If you're not sure if Physical Therapy can help you, we can always start with a FREE Discovery Visit to help you figure that out. This gives you the opportunity to get your questions answered. It also gives us an opportunity to do a screening to get a better idea of what's going wrong and what it might take to correct it.
Please don't let Knee Pain (or any other pain) hold you back from doing the things you want to be doing. Take that next step and give us a call @ 503-744-0046 or email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to help!
"Helping active adults overcome persistent aches, pains and injuries, so they can get back to the activities they love and improve their health naturally - without pain medication, injections or surgery."
Oregon City, OR
Dr. Julie Krueger