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6 Ways To Decrease Hip Or Knee Pain
If you have chronic hip or knee pain, you know much it affects your life. Not only are you in frequent pain but you can no longer do the things you used to do. When your family and friends want you to go to the mall with them, you have to decline because you know your knees just can’t handle it. Sightseeing on family trips? A nightmare. Walking up or down stairs? It’s more like torture. Trust me, I know how you feel. I’ve had chronic knee pain since my teens and I’ve had to give up several activities that I enjoy.
Many years ago (before my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis), I enjoyed playing tennis. I lived and breathed it until arthritis set in and I had to give up. I went from being an active tennis player to someone sitting on the sidelines. Instead of being in play mode, I was in pause mode and I have to tell you, pause mode really sucks.
When my grandmother had her hip replaced about ten years ago I totally forgot about how much she suffered until I was diagnosed with hip issues of my own. Hip dysplasia really hurts you guys. Add that to arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis and you have a lot of pain which means I often have to say, “I’ll just sit this one out.” Ugh.
After years of pain and frustration, I found five ways to decrease my hip and knee pain. The sixth thing, which I’ll get to, is a future option. Before I get to the list, I highly recommend that you consult with your health care professional before making any new changes. The recommendations in this post are based on my personal experiences and should not be considered a substitute for medical advice.
Six Ways To Decrease Hip Or Knee Pain:
I start and end my day by doing stretches that help lengthen my muscles and loosen up the fascia in between them. You can read more about fascia and pain in this Runner’s World article. Simple but very effective.
Topical Cream or Gel Containing Arnica
Arnica Montana is a natural herb that has been used for years in topical gels and creams. When applied to painful joint areas, Arnica cream either gets rid of my pain or reduces it. I call it my “secret sauce” because I can always count on it for some sort of pain relief.
When my knees are hurting, I take my fingers and massage the muscles behind my kneecap and in front of my knee. Does it hurt when I do this? Absolutely but it often leads to pain relief within hours. I do the same thing with my hips. Alternately, you could visit a massage therapist who specializes in chronic joint pain.
Over the Counter Medications
An acetaminophen tablet made specifically for arthritis is one of my personal favorites but if that isn’t cutting it, I’ll try ibuprofen or something in the NSAID’s category. More isn’t always better so always follow the dosage guidelines on the bottle.
Heat or Ice
Most people would rather use heat on their aching joints but sometimes ice is exactly what’s needed. Experiment with both to see which helps your pain. When I use ice, I simply load a large storage bag with crushed ice and place it on my joint area (with a towel in between to avoid freezer burn). For heat, I use a heating pad with variable temperature settings and a built-in timer. It makes my achy hips very happy. 🙂
Knee or Hip Replacement
Finally, if you get to the point where none of the above relieves your pain, it’s time to look into the sixth way to decrease your knee or hip pain–knee or hip replacement.
I have already talked to a physician about hip replacement and in the future, I will be a candidate. If you’d like to consult with a doctor in your area, use the “Find A Doctor” tool on the Time To Hit Play website.
I know that I get tired of missing out on certain activities so I bet you do too. Sometimes you just have to replace those faulty parts so you can get out of pause mode and back into play mode.