Knee pain affects millions of Americans, a majority of them women. It is estimated that annually, over 2 million people undergo knee replacement surgery in the United States alone. However, surgery is not the only treatment for getting rid of knee pain forever. Let us take a look at some easy ways to eliminate knee pain and swelling with exercise, diet, supplements and other options.
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1. Cold and hot compresses
Cold compress made using ice packs is a good remedy to give you temporary relief. You can also soak painful knees in hot water mixed with Epsom salts for alleviating knee pain caused by injury or exercises like squats.
2. Oil massages
Olive oil and mustard oil massages can give temporary relief from most cases of knee pain. However, arthritis patients might not always benefit from this remedy.
3. Dietary changes
It is now established that arthritis and joint pain is caused by inflammation which, in turn, comes from acidic diets. So avoid what and wheat products, tomatoes, eggplant and other nightshade vegetables, red meat, fermented foods, aerated drinks, dairy, caffeine and beans and lentils. Instead eat rice, millet, pumpkins, carrots, squashes, zucchini, avocado, bananas, coconuts and coconut oil, cooked veggies like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and sprouts and nuts and nut butters. Banana is one of the best fruits for arthritis patients. Drink carrot juice daily. Also start your day with a glass of warm water and lemon juice to clean the bowels and make your system alkaline. Spinach, grapes, garlic and fenugreek are good foods to include in daily diet.
4. Castor oil and ginger remedy
In Ayurveda, which is the traditional and holistic Indian medicine science, there are many effective remedies and knee pain solution. One such remedy to get rid of knee pain and swelling at night is ginger juice and castor oil remedy. Make some ginger tea by boiling ginger root in 8 ounces of water until it is reduced to half. Mix this with a teaspoon of castor oil. Drink this tea to relieve inflammation and gives you a good night’s rest. You can also use a blend of ginger juice and castor oil topically for massaging the knees.
Daily exercise is very important to strengthen the knees and prevent further degradation. You can opt for cycling and swimming. Walking briskly for 30-40 minutes is also beneficial. Avoid jogging on tar roads as it harms the knees further. Hydrotherapy exercises like water aerobics in hot pools can also be extremely beneficial in alleviating pain in knees. Stretching exercises and Yoga is also important.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory herb which is especially beneficial for knee and joint pain. Take a couple of pills daily. You can also mix a teaspoon of turmeric with warm milk (almond, soy or rice milk) and a bit of honey. Drink this ‘golden yellow’ drink prior to bed time to relieve knee pain and swelling. An effective Indian home remedy is to take one teaspoon of organic turmeric three times a day with warm water.
Certain supplements are especially beneficial for reducing pain and preventing further degeneration of the knee cartilage and bones. You need Vitamin D, B complex, calcium and Vitamin E. Also take fish oil, flax seed oil, cod liver oil or other omega 3 essential fatty acid sources. These fight inflammation and keep joints healthy. Fish oil also improves mobility.
8. Warm vinegar massage
Rub the aching knees with hot water mixed with vinegar. Massage the knees well for 10 to 15 minutes. This remedy will relieve pain and swelling and give you a good night’s rest.
Weekly, monthly or bi-monthly detoxification is necessary to remove toxins and keep your body healthy and alkaline. You can detox by taking enemas, drinking Epsom salts or going on cleansing juice-only fasts. Avoid all processed foods during this period. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas to remove toxic waste.
10. Sun bathe daily
Soaking in the early morning sunshine will replenish your vitamin D levels to alleviate pain and inflammation.
Try these 10 easy ways to get rid of knee pain naturally and permanently without surgery.