Chronic knee pain is a common condition that affects many people on a daily basis. Approximately 19% of people suffer from knee pain and the pain can steadily increase with age. At South Bay Pain Docs we offer several different treatment options to help reduce symptoms and guide patients back to an active lifestyle, but there are certain things patients can do on their own at home to help fight back against chronic knee pain.
- Switch Up Your Routine – This is a common theme people face as they get older. They can no longer do the same things they once did when they were younger. When knee pain hits sometimes that is a sign from your body to leave behind old exercise habits for new ones. Instead of the constant pounding on cement that running or walking can cause, try changing your exercise regimen to something easier on your knees such as swimming.
- Get a Better Nights Sleep – Chronic pain is something that can affect you at all times and often keep you up at night. While the pain disrupts your sleeping, the lack of sleep your getting can at the same time be making your knee pain even worse. While we’ve all heard it before, we cannot emphasize the importance of getting a good nights sleep. Our suggestion? Try drinking tart cherry juice a half-hour before going to bed to help you fall asleep and catch up on those z’s!
- Try Yoga – Now we’re not suggesting everyone go sign up for a hot yoga class, but we are saying there are a lot of benefits for your knee’s health if you start practicing yoga on a daily basis. The most important thing to remember? Doing certain poses incorrectly can cause more harm than good. If you’re doing yoga without the supervision of an educated instructor make sure you are watching your poses closely so as not to cause more harm than good.