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Treating Knee Problems

JennaSmithA swollen knee is a common condition among the elderly as well as those with an active lifestyle. Many refer to it as water on the knee, although determining the cause is often challenging and pain is often associated with a recent injury.

Athletic and slip and fall injuries are common instances that result in swollen knees, but swelling can also be a sign of long-term knee problems, known as chronic injuries. The swelling can be in the soft tissues surrounding the knee or within the knee joint. Excess fluid build-up causes stiffness, which makes it more difficult to move the knee in proper motion.

Can swelling cause bleeding inside the knee?

While some injuries do result in knee bleeding, such injuries are less common than the majority of knee swelling causes. In case of a ligament sprain or a meniscus tea, the fluid inside the knee is not blood; it is created by the body naturally to help the injured area and provide cover to soft tissues.

The length of time in which the knee stays swollen is determined by the extent of the injury. Minor injuries cause knees to swell for only a few days while more severe injuries could result in swelling for several weeks.

You should consult a doctor if you’re experiencing extreme pain with swelling, while light to moderate swelling can be treated with the following remedies:

Massage therapy

If not contraindicated, gently messaging the area around the knee can reduce swelling. Use circular, light pressure movements on the skin over the knee in circles for stretching the connective tissue just below the skin, where the majority of vessels are located.

Continue to massage in circular motions until the skin is warmer, software and stretches with ease. Then use alternative hands to stroke from the knee to hip joints in the location of lymph nodes. Massaging with oil relieves pain and reduces the water inside the knee. It is also a great way to promote blood flow to the damaged soft tissues.

Light exercise

Light exercise and mobility of the lower body is essential to prevent repetitive injuries. It also helps in strengthening muscles around the knee joint to prevent further and future harm to the injured tissues. Swimming is a great way to work out your legs and knees, but you can also go for a brisk walk if you do not feel pain in the swollen area. Ice should be applied immediately to the affected area to prevent onset of inflammation.

Mens compression products and women compression clothing can assist the recovery process and also complement the exercise session. Compression knee high socks can improve blood circulation and relieve modern swelling and fatigue, in the knee, ankles and legs. The modern ones feature true gradient compression, which decreases at the top of the garment to promote blood flow.

A healthy diet

Diet can make a significant difference to how quickly your knee recovers. Eating a nutrient-dense and balanced diet reduces pressures on the joints and improves the overall flexibility of the knee. Foods high in Vitamin C such as citrus fruits and berries increase collagen production, which is an important component of knee cartilage and bone and can prevent swelling.

You can also increase Vitamin D intake as adequate amounts of Vitamin D delays the onset of degenerative disease like osteoporosis. Research also says that omega-3 fatty acids found in foods like salmon can speed up the healing process of knee swelling.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on July 22nd, 2014 in Diet and Fitness, Health | 0 comments

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