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Top five tips for treating knee pain

Knee pain can affect all sorts of people. I see a variety of patients who complain of knee problems: men and women, young and old, very active and less active people.

If you experience knee pain, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Stretch to relieve joint and muscle tension: It eases muscles and helps them get back in shape.
  2. Ice or cold pack on your knee at least once a day: This will stop inflammation as well as minimize pain and spasm in the area.
  3. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication: If systems last more that 10 days to two weeks, seek professional help.
  4. Compress or wrap the sore area: This will help decrease swelling.
  5.  Elevate: Elevating your knee reduces stress. Keep the knee area at or above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling.

I often advise patients on how to avoid knee problems. There are a few different things that can be done, including:

  • Maintaining proper posture so as not to strain your muscles
  • Wear shoes with good arch support and avoid wearing high-heeled shoes
  • If you are a runner, replace your running shoes every 3 months
  • Warm up before doing activities to keep knees strong

For more information on knee pain and other orthopaedic topics, visit our website at http://www.affinityhealth.org/Affinity/Services/orthopedic/Orthopedic-Surgery

About Dr. Thomas Hoeft

Dr. Thomas Hoeft is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for Affinity Medical Group. He enjoys working with his patients to provide the least complicated treatment options. Dr. Hoeft has diverse experience in knee and hip replacement, arthroscopy of knees and shoulders, rotator cuff repairs, fracture care and general orthopaedic surgeries.

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