Next to back pain, knee pain is one of the most common complaints among adults and young athletes. To be well treated and recover, it is essential to see more clearly the causes and symptoms of knee pain. Eating diet and some anti-inflammatory supplements can help relieve symptoms and pain.
Knee injuries are a common cause of knee pain, but you don’t have to fall, trip, or bump to injure your knees. Arthritis, point inflammation, osteoporosis, certain types of exercise such as running, and repetitive movements are all potential causes of knee pain.
The most common symptoms of knee pain
Knee pain describes any type of discomfort that affects the knees. It is common for knee pain to be accompanied by other symptoms affecting the legs as well, which may include:
– Swelling around the knee
– Discomfort that worsens when walking or other exercises
– Inability to carry weight on the knee
– Stiffness and capacity reduced to moving the knee, such as having difficulty straightening and bending the knee
– Weakness of the affected leg
– Redness and heat around the kneecap
– Reduced range of motion in the knees
– Unusual noises during knee displacement, like a cracking noise
The most common causes of knee pain:
– Leg injuries, including any injury that affects cartilage, ligaments, tendons
– Arthritis, which may include rheumatoid arthritis ( an autoimmune condition that affects the joints) or osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis which usually affects older adults)
– Biomechanical problems, such as poor physical condition, muscle compensations that cause the kneecap to move from its optimal position
– Gout, characterized by uric acid or calcium-containing crystals forming on the joints
– One or more small fragments of bone or cartilage break off and remain floating in the knee joint space
– Infections that can cause fluid retention and swelling, such as septic arthritis
An anti-inflammatory diet to avoid knee pain
Have a good diet is important for overall joint health for several reasons: it helps you maintain a healthy weight (which takes the pressure off your joints), reduces inflammation, improves recovery after exercise and decrease your chances of developing arthritis or osteoporosis.
- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, especially those rich in vitamin C and antioxidants like green leaves, carrots, peppers, berries, onions, broccoli, garlic, asparagus and cabbage.
- Consume omega-3 fatty acids from wild caught fish, especially beneficial salmon. Other sources of healthy dietary protein include organic poultry and fish like sardines or mackerel and organic eggs.
- Include healthy fats in your diet like coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.
- Add antioxidant herbs and spices to your meals.
- Limit or avoid excess sugar, hydrogenated oils (type margarine), processed / refined grains (white flour, processed meats and fast foods.
Some Anti-Inflammatory Supplements and Helpful Tips
Certain herbs and supplements can help reduce inflammation and support recovering from injury or limiting the progression of degenerative joint disease. The best supplements for knee pain include:
- – Turmeric
- – Glucosamine and chondroitin
- – Collagen
- – Omega-3 fatty acids
Of course, if the pain persists, see a healthcare professional, osteopath or chiropractor near you.
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