7 Easy Knee Pain Tips and Tricks

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Knee Pain Tips:

Embarking on a journey to alleviate knee pain involves more than just managing discomfort; it’s about adopting holistic practices that foster joint health and well-being. In this insightful guide, we uncover seven practical tips aimed at easing knee pain and enhancing your overall quality of life.

Tip #1: Avoid Sitting With Your Knee Bent Or Cross-Legged

Our bodies were not built to sit for long periods of time, especially with your legs crossed. Sitting with your knees crossed or bent under you over-stretches the ligaments and muscles surrounding your knee. This can also increase the pressure on your knee joints, which can cause pain and swelling. 

To give your knees relief, limit the amount of time you spend with your knees bent or crossed. Try to have them straight whenever possible. If you have to sit with your knees crossed or bent, limit it to 20 minutes at a time before getting up and moving around.  

Tip #2: Exercise On Level Surfaces

Many people don’t realize that walking on uneven or hard surfaces can make knee pain worse. By changing where you exercise, you can ease knee pain. 

Walking on hard, uneven surfaces will make knee pain worse. Walking on softer surfaces, such as grass, will be easier on ALL your joints.

To supplement this tip, we’ve prepared a helpful video featuring three at-home exercises designed specifically for relieving knee discomfort. These exercises can be performed on level surfaces, ensuring a gentle yet effective workout:

Tip #3: Switch Your Shoes

Sandals, flip-flops, and hard-bottom shoes are all proven to add forces and stress on your knees. You can decrease the pressure on your knees by up to 20-25% by wearing comfortable, cushioned shoes without a heel. 

Remember that poor footwear choices have a cumulative effect. Pressure builds up over years eventually causing weak and stiff knees around age 40.

Tip #4: Check Your Sleep Habits

Sleeping on your side without knee support causes twisting and rotation at your knees, similar to sitting cross-legged. You want to avoid this position for prolonged periods of time for the same reasons you avoid bent knees and sitting cross-legged (stretching muscles and joints, increased stress on your knees). 

Think of how much time you spend sleeping… you could decrease the stress on your knees by 6-8 HOURS a day with just this simple change. If you sleep on your side, place a pillow between your legs to keep your knee joint aligned. Avoid sleeping on your stomach as this puts pressure and self-inflicted damage on the front of your knees (just like being in a kneeling position).

Tip #5: Stay Hydrated

One of the biggest mistakes that could be contributing to your pain and zapping your energy is being dehydrated. Dehydration can cause muscle aches, pains, fatigue, and dizziness. 

Try to drink water throughout the day. Avoid excess caffeine, including coffee, tea, alcohol, and energy drinks, as these will dehydrate your body even more. 

Tip #6: Use Ice And Heat

This may be the question we get the most. Do I use ice or heat? Heat is best used for loosening up stiff muscles and joints. A lot of people find it useful in the morning when they’re stiff and having trouble moving. 

Ice is good after activity or in the evening when your knees are aching or painful. Without knowing your personal situation, the best advice we can give you is to try both ice and heat and keep using the one that makes you feel better! 

Tip #7: Consult A Knee Pain Expert

The fastest way to take care of your knee pain is by going to see a physical therapist. A physical therapist can listen to your story and take a look at your knees and find out why you are having pain and stiffness. Then, a physical therapist can come up with a plan to relax your aching muscles, loosen your stiff joints, and strengthen your body so you can get back to the activities you love. 

If you combine all these tips from this special guide with a visit to a hands-on physical therapist, then you will see a dramatic drop in your knee pain and stiffness. 

If you found this guide useful, be sure to check out our 10 tips to relieve back pain.

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D Cav
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Daniel Py
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Robert Kohr
I came to Panetta unable to rsise my left arm. After working with Jen, she managed to loosen it up, restore function, and allow me to do pushups once again. Thanks for your hard work and making me feel better!
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Gloria Portela
Philip Balcer is a great physical therapist. As my first time in therapy, he was excellent and I felt well taken care of. The entire staff was very friendly and I would absolutely go back again.
Cory Rabiea
Cory Rabiea
Highly recommended. Referred to Panetta PT through an acquaintance. Had a nagging hip/glute pain that would not let up for weeks and eventually decided to go to Panetta at their Glen Cove location. Steve was able to identify the underlying causes of my injury (hip tilt/unevenness causing tendonitis) and worked with me to correct my behavior and then rehab the injury. Three months later, and I am fully rehabbed and ready to resume my normal workout routine. Steve and Josh both were so instrumental in helping me develop new routines to get me on the mend, and I couldn't be more grateful for both of them.
Kaire Vung
Kaire Vung
Jennifer at Panetta Physical Therapy is absolutely an amazing physical therapist. Jennifer (and her team) took great care of me - she was so attentive to my injury and concerns, took the time to explain the treatments and provided me with home exercise and tool to help me make progress. I would not have recovered from my ankle surgery so quickly without Jennifer - THANK YOU! Last but not least, the facility is great and all the staff are super friendly and kind.
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Spyro Markoulis
When I had my hip surgery I didn’t think I’d be anywhere near the level I was playing at. But thanks to the dedication to Phil, rich and all the crew, they really helped me get back to where I needed to be in order to continue my collegiate career. Still a long road to go but Philip and crew put their full effort into making you recover 100% with no setbacks and if it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t even be walking yet.
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leila brooks
I was very impressed with your facility and caring staff. Dr. Phil is a proficient therapist. His patience and expertise are beyond compare. I am now pain free and able to get on with my life The interns Ari ,Carlos. Eddie and Constantine are very helpful and instructive. The front desk, Kimberly and Linda are always personable and informative I definitely will recommend Pannetta Physical Therapy.

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