Knee pain, as like other joint pain, is a common condition which occurs every winter, to people suffering from joint pain for a long time. This is an irritating and long lasting suffering which eventually slows people down and forbids them to enjoy the gracefulness of winter.
Can this be controlled? Our expert Orthopedic Consultant Dr. A K M Mohiuddin has shared some tips on how we can control knee pain and other joint pain in the excruciating frostbite.
Things we can do to minimize pain:
As winter is fast approaching, people often ask their doctors why their knees hurts more in the winter. One of the most established theories is because nerve endings in our joints become hypersensitive in the cold and therefore the pain we experience is more unbearable.
There are a few things that we can do to control the increased symptoms.
Wrap up warm: keep your whole body and specially knees covered if you are going out. This will reduce the pain experienced in the joints. Get those long sweats on!!
Keep Moving: To keep our body warm during winter, the most effective option is walking and moving. This improves circulation to the knees. The movement also keeps the joints supple and therefore reduces the stiffness that you may experience after prolonged periods of rest.
Heat packs: By applying hot water bottle or microwavable heat packs wrapped in a towel to the knee will instantly give you some relief from the pain. Apply heat to the knees for 10-15 minutes at a time and this can be repeated a few times a day!
Warm baths: Warm baths work in the same way as heat packs. A nice warm bath can help relax the muscles around the knee and reduce the stiffness felt from the joints.
Massage:Massaging your body can be a good way to warm up as well as remove the stiffness from your body. Gently rubbing the muscles around the knee can feel good and relieve pain. 5-10 minutes rubbing around the knee when it’s sore can really help!
Take it easy: Rest is just as important for the knees and movement. When going through pain, it is always advised to rest your body, eventually the ached part. It avoids putting too much stress on the knees at any one time. So make sure you pace you activities throughout the day and week so the joints have time to rest and recover.
Any permanent cure? Maybe surgery?
When it comes to getting a permanent cure for this problem, people often tends to surgery. It is an age old established belief that surgery can repair damaged bone fragments and tissues and thus relieve pain.
In some case, yes that is an option. But have you ever thought of the whole painful and lengthy surgery process. The recovery period is long, and not to mention the huge amount it will cost you. So in the long run, even if sometimes it gives results, it’s actually not a viable option.
Any alternative to surgery?
Yes, there is a very effective alternative to surgery. The term “Regenerative Medicare” is well heard now a days in modern medical science. This is a self-healing process, in which patient’s own blood and stem cell is collected to produce the healing agent, which is used in the affected area to cure the pain by repairing damaged tissue.
PRP and Stem Cell, 2 very popular Regenerative process become the new clinical strategy for the treatment for knee and other joint pain.
- PRP released growth factors which will stimulate healing of meniscus tear. The growth factors in the PRP cause a proliferation and regeneration of injured tissue. , This boosts fibroblastic events involved in tissues healing causing these tears to heal.
- Platelet Rich Plasma therapy effective in internal displacements of Knee including meniscus tear.
- Stem Cell therapy regrows meniscus tissue.
As we cannot control the weather, but we can manage the symptoms caused by it. You can try some of the mentioned remedies and don’t let cold get a hold on your knee pain!!
Thank you Dr. A K M Mohiuddin ( Orthopedic Expert, Surecell Medical Bangladesh ) for this informative article.