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Don't Let Achy Knees Sideline You

Knee pain can really do a number on your ability to enjoy life. If you notice you’re turning down invitations and skipping trips to the park or the zoo because of your knees, it’s time to take action. 

At Arctic Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Chester Bradstreet can provide solutions for your knee pain, helping to keep you active and free from discomfort for years to come. 

Causes of knee pain

Knee pain can be caused by many different conditions. You could have a new injury that hasn’t healed, or an old injury you thought had healed but which did lasting damage. Arthritis can cause chronic knee pain, and so can swelling caused by bursitis or another knee ailment. 

There are pain medications that can dull knee pain and surgeries to partially or completely replace knee joints. There are also plenty of things you can do at home, altering your lifestyle and surroundings to help alleviate knee pain. Here are some of Dr. Bradstreet’s top recommendations.

Weight loss to relieve pressure

Gaining weight can increase pressure on the knees and aggravate knee pain. Losing weight can have the opposite effect. By dropping just 10 pounds of body weight, you can reduce the pressure your knees are under during each step by a whopping 40 pounds!

Foods that support joint health

If you’re overweight and over 65, or a woman over 55, you’ve got the highest risk for osteoarthritis. This wearing away of the joint cartilage can cause severe knee pain and stiffness that gets worse as you get older. You can, however, promote joint health by eating fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and healthy oils like nuts and avocados.

Modified workout routines

Modified workout routines are low-impact. They can safely be done at home and will help with flexibility. Movement also lowers inflammation levels, leading to a reduction in stiffness and relief of joint pain. Exercise for just 10 minutes at a time, morning and night, and you’ll be amazed at how much better your joints feel.

Adaptive home renovations  

Add bars to your bathroom so your knees don’t take the brunt of sitting down or standing up. Store things you use most in places where you don’t have to reach way up, or crouch and bend down. Store cleaning supplies on a shelf rather than the floor, and consider putting common small kitchen appliances permanently on the counter instead of storing them in lower cabinets.

Body awareness

Regardless of how you may have been brought up, don’t “push through the pain.” Pain is your body telling you it’s being overstressed. In the case of knee pain, persisting can make your condition worse. According to the CDC, moderate pain means your body is asking for rest. Give yourself some downtime when your knees start screaming at you to take a break.

Knee pain treatment

Dr. Bradstreet can provide treatment options for your knee pain above and beyond simple oral medications. Ask about platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to assist in healing knee injuries, or regenerative medicine options like mesenchymal stem cell injection into the knee joint for its restorative function.

Ready to overcome knee pain and get on with your life? Call our office at 907-205-5957 or request an appointment online.

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