Effective Knee Pain Management Aids & Products

Knee problems can happen to anyone and at any age, but research shows that knee pain is very common amongst people who have crossed the age of 65 years. Owing to the physiological changes that happen while ageing, seniors are the most vulnerable lot when it comes to knee injuries or conditions. However, sportsmen, middle-aged women, factory workers and people who are overweight are also prone to knee injuries.   Premier causes of knee pain A musculoskeletal problem, most knee conditions can be attributed to natural wear and tear. "We can look at the knees like any other joint in the body. We're fighting gravity on a regular basis, and with every step we take there's some wear and tear in the joint," says Joel Press, MD, medical director of the Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Center at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. "The more years and the more steps you take, the more wear and tear there can be." However, there are certain other possible causes, too.

  • Obesity (the more the weight, the more the pressure on your knee joints)
  • Sports (high-intensity physical sports result in considerable damage to the knee)
  • Repetitive stress injuries (those that involve squatting, walking, kneeling or lifting weights)
  • Osteoarthritis (one of the top five causes of disability amongst the elderly)
  • Gender (women who are over 50 years of age are prone to acute or chronic knee pain)
  • Accidents (falling, crashing, car or bike accidents, etc.)

For detailed information on the types of knee pain and causes, refer to https://www.emedicinehealth.com/knee_pain_overview/article_em.htm#knee_pain_facts

  Anatomy of the knee Your knee is more than just a ‘hinge’. It twists, rotates and relies on a set of structures and internal elements that help it function as a strong support system for your entire body. Bones:

  • Femur or thigh bone – the top part of the joint
  • Patella – the kneecap
  • Tibia – the bottom part of the joint

Ligaments:

  • ACL – Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • PCL – Posterior Cruciate Ligament
  • MCL – Medial Collateral Ligament
  • LCL – Lateral Collateral Ligament

Bursae:

  • Prepatellar Bursa – in front of the kneecap
  • Infrapatellar Bursa – under the kneecap
  • Anserine Bursa – below the joint, on the inner side of the knee

Cartilage:

  • Menisci – cartilaginous structures
  • Femoral Condyles – at the bottom of the femur

Tendons:

  • Quadriceps – connects the quadriceps muscle to the patella
  • Patellar Tendon – connects the tibia to the patella

  Using the PRICE therapy to take care of an injured knee When knee pain occurs, it is important that you take certain measures to ensure that the pain, inflammation, redness, stiffness, andinjury subside as quickly as possible. The PRICE therapy works best unless it is a case of a serious knee injury. So, what is this therapy? P – Protect/Prevent– Avoid further damage to your knee by using padding aids like kneepads R – Rest– Make sure you give your knee ample time to heal from the trauma I – Ice –Cold therapy can help reduce swelling and also ease the pain C – Compress – Use products like knee braces or splints to provide the required compression E – Elevate– Reduce swelling and enable fluid circulation by elevating your leg while resting Some medications, such as regular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and ibuprofen, are commonly used to treat knee pain. If the pain persists for over seven days, make sure you visit your doctor or orthopedic expert to get it checked. In fact, if the knee pain is so severe that you are unable to walk, you must see a doctor immediately.  

Knee pain diagnosis

When you see a doctor for diagnosing your knee condition, he may use one or more of the following methods to find out exactly what is wrong and how it needs to be corrected:

  1. Physical examination - The doctor will inspect the knee surface, conduct a few manoeuvres and feel different parts of the knee by hand to gauge the extent of damage and establish any potential tendon, ligament, meniscus or bone injuries.

 

  1. X-rays / CT scans - X-rays (and in rare cases, CT scans) can help define fractures, dislocations or deformities effectively.

 

  1. Magnetic resonance imaging - An MRI scan can enable the physician to evaluate any ligament or tendon issues that might have caused the knee pain.

 

  1. Blood test - Your doctor might suggest a blood test if they suspect infections or serious diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (or even diabetes).

 

  1. Fluid removal - Physicians use needles to remove any fluids that might have accumulated in the knee area to allow you to bend your knee and reduce inflammation.

 

  1. Arthroscopy - Chronic knee pain calls for a surgical procedure that involves placing a fiberoptic camera within the knee to observe the internal damage closely and remove any torn-down cartilage or undesirable particles.

  What are some useful knee rehabilitation support aids available online?

While your knee pain may or may not be an indicator of a serious injury, it is best to work out a rehabilitation aid or two that can facilitate the recovery process and help ease your pain while also protecting the knee from further damage. Here is Seniority’s curated list of some great knee pain support aids by top brands:

Knee Cap Comfeel Pair - Tynor

This next generation Knee Cap provides mild compression, warmth and support to the knee joint. It is used to allay pain, inflammation and is generally associated with old age, arthritis or injury.

Universal Knee Brace - Vissco

Universal knee brace by Vissco is used for knee immobilization. It provides great support and comfort to the knee. The enternal layer of the brace is made of vinyl and the internal layer is made of cotton with high-density foam for comfort.

Patellar Support - Tynor

Get rid of pain with Tynor's Patellar Support. The anatomically designed support lifts the patella & alleviates symptoms of pain, inflammation, and discomfort associated with knee degeneration, without restricting circulation.

ROM Knee Brace - Tynor

This Knee Brace by Tynor helps control and restrict the degree of flexion of the knee joint. Through a multi-point fixation system, the brace allows a range of motion or immobilization to the knee.

Neoprene Hinged Patella Knee Brace - Vissco

Vissco hinged patella knee brace provides support and mediolateral stability to the knee. It can provide a maximum level of support to the knee and are ideal for day-to-day activities.

Knee Brace Grey (Long Type) - Samson

A Knee Brace by Samson helps to support your knee joints and recover from injuries like a fracture, muscle ligament injury or dislocation. It is lightweight and easy to wear allowing for a comfortable fit.

Functional Knee Support - Tynor

This Functional Knee Support offers controlled compression around the knee. It provides rigid lateral support and immobilizes the knee to make the recovery process quicker. The open patella design releases patellar pressure and holds it in position.

Controlled compression, sturdy lateral support, normal flexion and freedom of movement – if you are looking for a product that offers all these benefits in a comfortable, wrap design, look no further.

Designed for a snug fit, the Functional Knee Support’s anti-tourniquet straps ensure that there is no constriction in the blood flow around the knee joint. The best part about this product is that its bi-axial heavy-duty aluminum hinge mimics the natural knee joint.

Senior citizens need to be extra-wary when it comes to potential knee injuries (and even more in case they are already suffering from one). Effective weight management, restricted movement, regular exercise, frequent checkups, physiotherapy and using the right knee support equipment can help manage knee pain and avoid further damage.

From hinged braces and comfortable knee caps to robust immobilizers and functional patella support products, Seniority is the one stop-shopfor all your knee pain recovery needs.

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