There are many in Brisbane who suffer with a variety of different kinds of joint pains. Probably one of the most common would be the knee. And many of those same people actually believe that it's normal to suffer chronic pain especially if they are getting older. They just think that it is part of the normal aging process.
Osteopaths however, have discovered that joint pains in the knees for Brisbane patients does not discriminate. Pain in the joints can affect anyone of any age, not just those who are getting older. In fact people within the ages of 18 to 34 in a study were reported to have had some sort of chronic joint pains in the past year or so.
Often people who are suffering joint pains in Brisbane will keep quiet about the paint they are suffering and will even refuse to see a medical professional about it because they are afraid they will be recommended to take pain medications and they have a fear of becoming addicted to these medications.
Knee pain is probably the seconding leading cause of all the different kinds of chronic pain there is and quite a few people seem to be affected by it. Sometimes the pain is caused from the knee caring too much weight around and other times it is because of an injury due to an activity they may not have done properly.
Osteopaths say there are several ways to treat joint pains in the knees that anyone can do themselves in their own home:
- Alternate warm and cool treatments – Not every technique is going to work for everyone but often alternating between a cool compress and a warm moist compress provides relief. It is suggested that a person use one or the other every four to six hours for 10 to 20 minutes each time. The cool compress may help reduce the inflammation while the warm moist one will relax and loosen the tissues while also stimulating the blood flow to the area that is damaged.
- Strength and mobility training – This is a type of exercise that a person can perform depending upon the health of the knee. Often Aerobic exercise in a pool can help not only the knee but help the person to lose some weight which can reduce the strain on the knee. However, any kind of exercise should be discussed with a doctor before doing any kind of exercise that might relate to the knee if it is damaged.
- Stretching – By stretching the muscles as well as the tendons that are around the joint a person can help alleviate some of the knee pain.
- >Update shoes – It might be a good idea to my new shoes that absorb shock while moving because shock travels up to the knee.
- Don't give up on seeing an osteopath – If no home remedy works it might be a good idea to consider getting professional advice from an experienced osteopathic doctor. They look at the body as a whole and with a comprehensive approach to care for patients and help them find relief. Some will use manipulative treatment to help a patient deal with their joint pains but sometimes they will prescribe pain medication to go along with treatments. It all depends upon just how serious the pain is.