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Aching Knees

Aching knees can have causes that aren’t due to an underlying illness. Some causes are extreme physical activity, sitting for prolonged periods, or injuries such as sprains or strains.

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Causes of Aching Knees

If you’re also overweight, then the stress load on your knees is magnified. If you sit most of the time at work answering phones, working on the computer, or doing other paperwork, your knees don’t have the stress of standing, yet they still hurt.

You know that feeling. You stand up ready to do something and it’s as if your knees refuse to go along. Your movement is stuttered and painful until you get going. The temptation is to stay seated rather than deal with the pain of movement, but that’s exactly what you need to do – you need to move.

In fact, sedentary work styles can be as painful on the knees as too much standing. If you can’t quit your job, try to moderate the way you work. Take breaks and walk a bit or ask for a work-station that allows you to stand from time-to-time. Bring a note from your doctor explaining that you need the freedom to get up and walk to keep the knees from locking up.

What To Do for Aching Knees

Before you can treat the knee pain, you need a medical evaluation to determine the cause of the pain. If it’s arthritis, you can expect the knee problem to gradually increase. What you have to do is find ways to be comfortable and functional.

Another option is knee braces. They give support to aching knees and thereby lessen the pain. Athletes wear them to prevent re-injury. They give stability and control to the knee and help prevent injury.

Change your activities. When your job requires a lot of time sitting or standing, do something different when you get home. Walking or light sports can be a good choice that also gets you out of the house and involved in something you enjoy.

Since most knee pain comes from arthritis, tendonitis, or bursitis, you can find relief during the day from non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications called NSAIDs or warming muscle rubs. These are available in over-the-counter as well as by prescription.

Relief for Aching Knees

While these medications bring relief, they are not likely to compromise mental or physical function at work unless your work activities are among those recommended to avoid. The label of the medication gives that information in detail.

Stretching muscles and tendons in the leg and knee area can be very useful. But make sure you learn the right way to stretch from a physical therapist or personal trainer. Ask for suggestions on types of stretching to do in the morning before getting out of bed, during the day at work, and in the evening before going to bed. Regular, moderate movement can help knee function as well as reduce discomfort.

You can really help your knee pain by knowing when to rest. If the pain increases to the level of limited mobility, you have to take time to relax and apply ice or heat until the knee joint inflammation reduces.

If you want to avoid cortisone injections or knee replacement, you need to do as much as possible to support your knee joints. Even if that means redefining or changing your sedentary work habits.


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  1. Thanks for discussing the common relief for Aching Knees. It’s needed by my dad. I’ll let him read it.

  2. My mom has aching knees almost all the time! I’ll have to show her this.

  3. katrina Kroeplin says:

    i feel this. i may only be 35 but i have arthritis in mutliple joints. check this out.

  4. Some really great tips! I´ll share this with my granny who suffers from aching knees! Thanks for the useful info!

  5. My husband is always complaining about with aching knees. He of getting a cortisone shot, but this is great!

  6. Great tips! Sitting all day can really put a strain on them.

  7. I sit most of the time at work, working on the computer and this blog is really so helful we should care about our body and health.

  8. Yyyeeaaahhhhh….you make a great point! We all have to find ways of moving our bones and bodies, up and down. Those knees won’t be useful any longer when we can’t even stand on our feet or kneel down.

  9. i already have knee issues, so this is so helpful! thank you for sharing.

  10. This is great! I was looking for relief for my husband, because he always has problems with aching knees. He’s looking into a cortisone injection, but we’re looking for ways to reduce the pain for now. I’ll be sharing this article with him.

  11. My dad has had both of his knees replaced. I wonder if that is in my future as well. luckily my knees don’t hurt very often, now my lower back is a different story. haha

  12. I have frequent pains in my knees when I was a teen. It is getting better overtime, but I still need to take care of my knees. Sitting in front of computer doing work all day is definitely not a good idea.

  13. I love this! My knees give me problems, sometimes really badly, so I’m going to use these tips to help me with them.

  14. This post gives a great place to start investigating your healing. Thanks!

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