5 Tips for Managing Knee Pain

Older adults often suffer from knee pain due to osteoarthritis, a kind of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs because of the stress a person puts on the joints during their lifetime. Bone tissue is constantly broken down and repaired. However, when a person has osteoarthritis, they body cannot keep up with the demand to repair the joints and they become worn down and damaged. When knees are painful, it can make walking hard and climbing steps may be impossible. As a result, your aging relative’s life can be limited. However, there are ways that knee pain can be managed to allow seniors to remain more active, such as these 5 tips below.

 

#1: Use “RICE”

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RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It can help reduce pain and swelling during an arthritis flare up. Sitting in a comfortable chair with the leg raised while applying an ice pack can soothe the pain. Also, talk to the doctor about whether a knee brace or compression bandage is appropriate for the senior.

 

#2: Lose Weight
While this isn’t often a piece of advice people like to hear, it is extremely helpful in reducing joint pain, especially in the knees, which are one of the joints that bear a lot of the body’s weight. Losing even just a few pounds can reduce the stress placed on knees, improving arthritis symptoms.

 

#3: Use an Assistive Device
Seniors can benefit from using a cane or walker to reduce knee pain. It takes some of the weight off the joint. In addition, using an assistive device can help to prevent falls that can be caused by pain in the knees. Knee pain can cause seniors to alter their gait or make a quick movement due to a jolt of pain. An assistive device gives them something to lean on, reducing the chances of a fall.

 

#4: Knee Exercises
A doctor can refer your aging relative to a physical therapist who can teach them knee exercises to do at home. The exercises are designed to strengthen the muscles that support the knee joint, while also making the knee more flexible and stable. Doing the exercises daily can help to keep the knee joint active, which also reduces pain.

 

#5: Hire Elder Care
Elder care can allow older adults with knee pain to rest when needed because they can assist with household tasks that need to get done instead of the senior having to do them. Elder care providers can do things like clean the house, cook meals, and do laundry. In addition, an elder care provider can assist your aging relative to do the exercises suggested by a physical therapist.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care in Stuart, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.

 

Sources
https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/knee-pain/knee-pain-dos-and-donts
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311308.php
https://www.versusarthritis.org/about-arthritis/conditions/osteoarthritis-of-the-knee/

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