During the holidays I’m frequently asked health and fitness questions..which I love!
The questions I got this year were mainly about non-invasive knee pain remedies since several of my cousins have started to have knee pain. We’ve all hit that phase of life when your favorite music is ”old” which almost hurts as much as your knees ache. :)
One cousin, in particular, told me her knees ache when she sits for long periods of time making her drive to and from work uncomfortable. For her the pain is not intense, just annoying. She could simply take aspirin to ibuprofen to get rid of the pain BUT she is worried about the effects of taking even over the counter medication daily. She tried a knee brace but that just made her hot and kept falling down her leg. She debated going to her primary care to find out what’s wrong. She didn’t go because she figured they would just prescribe pain killers, injections or surgery, none of which she wanted.
My cousin looked anxious while telling her story. So I asked her again, “how severe is the pain?” She said the pain wasn’t horrible but it stopped her from working out, made doing errands annoying and uncomfortable, and she was skipping lunches with friends to avoid making the nagging pain worse. “I just want to stop having to plan my life around my achy knees.” She said her biggest concern was that her knees were running her life now so how soon would she need surgery to make it through her day?
Here are a few of the tips I gave my cousin:
My cousin called me a week after I talked to her over the holiday telling me how she was in a LOT less pain. She was able to play with her kids without thinking about her knees and had restarted her workouts!
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald