Pain in the knees can be caused by a number of causes such as overuse, muscle strains, tendinitis, arthritis, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, ligament sprains and tears.
Most people experience knee pain at some point in their lives. Sports, exercise and other activities can cause muscle strains, tendinitis, and more serious injuries to ligaments and cartilage.
For some, knee pain can be so severe that it limits daily activities. For others, mild knee pain may be a chronic hindrance to the active lifestyle they desire. In either case, chances are that you’re dealing with a knee problem that shouldn’t be ignored.
Signs and Symptoms
- Swelling – Swelling is often a sign of inflammation
- Stiffness – Stiffness is caused by the body to prevent excessive movement in order to protect the damaged part
- Limited range of movement – when a muscle or tendon is affected, it is not possible to move the joint through the full range that is normally possible
- Tenderness – Tenderness is pain on touching the part and is a sign of inflammation
- Weakness – Weakness of the part of the body associated with the joint is often seen
- Inability to move the part – When a tendon or muscle is affected, the person is not able to move the affected part. Movement may also be restricted by pain
- Pain – Pain may be at the joint or in parts of the body associated with the joint
- Difficulty walking due to instability of the knee,limping due to discomfort
- locking of the knee (unable to bend the knee)
- Redness and swelling, inability to extend the knee, and shifting weight to the opposite knee and foot
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Which Ayurvedic Therapies Work to Reduce Knee Pain and Swelling?
Ayurveda offers many herbal treatments for the treatment of knee arthritis.
- Janu basti
- Sneha basti
- Kashaya basti
- Marma chikitsa
- Wear proper shoes
- Avoid wearing heels for long
- Do not indulge in an intense physical activity all of a sudden
- Keep active, say no to a sedentary lifestyle
- Keep a check on weight. Obesity puts extra stress on your bones and joints
- Check your posture (while at work, sitting or driving)
- Do not sit for long hours, take short breaks. Stretch, walk, climb stairs
- Be watchful while lifting weights
- Eat calcium and vitamin d rich foods
- Keep stress at bay, avoid smoking