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What can I do for knee pain?

Treatment of knee pain depends on the cause of the knee pain. If you have been working on your knees all day then potentially rest and anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen can help. If the cause is trauma and there is possible joint damage then you should seek medical attention. Additionally if there is swelling, there are other causes that must be considered such as autoimmune, septic, psoriasis, and gout which should propt you to seek medical attention. Generally for most aches and pains you can use Over the counter meds to help reduce the occasional joint ache. With that being said if you find you are using over the counter anti-inflamatories on a daily basis you should seek medical attention.

If you have knee pain, you should perform a combination of flexibility and strengthening techniques to help your body heal and prevent further injury. Begin by foam rolling your IT-band and calves. Foam rolling is a form of self-massage that can help relax tight muscles before you stretch them. Hold the tender spots for 30 seconds to allow your muscle time to relax and release the knots that are causing tension in the muscle. After you have completed the foam rolling, statically stretch the hip flexor complex. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds to allow your muscles time to elongate. Next, perform strengthening exercises for the hips and core. This can be done by performing stability ball bridges and planks to help strengthen the muscles that stabilize the core and hips. Lastly, perform a single-leg balance exercise to strengthen the muscles of the entire leg. When performing any single-leg exercise, ensure that you keep the arch of your foot lifted while performing the exercise. Perform 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions of each of these exercises.

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