Do your knees or hips hurt? Most people will at some point have knee or hip pain because these large joints have a demanding task, they must bear the full weight of your body while at the same time allowing for a wide range of motion.
In the knee, pain is often felt around the side of the joint which might be known as ‘runner’s knee’ or ‘ITB syndrome’, or around the knee cap and front of the knee. A catching pain inside the knee may be indicative of more serious cartilage pathology.
In contrast, hip joint pain symptoms may be felt in a much more widespread area possibly causing discomfort in the groin, buttock, outer thigh, or knee. Hip pain can also be referred from the lower back, sacroiliac joint, or abdomen making the correct diagnosis of the cause of your hip pain essential for effective treatment.
Fortunately, there are several ways to alleviate knee and hip pain, and here are some of the most effective methods:
Exercise: Regular exercise can help strengthen the muscles surrounding the knees and hips, reducing pressure on the joints. Low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and cycling are great options for those with knee or hip pain.
Weight Loss: Carrying excess weight puts extra strain on the knees and hips, which can exacerbate pain. Losing weight can help reduce pressure on the joints, relieving pain and improving mobility.
Stretching: Stretching can help improve flexibility and reduce stiffness in the joints, which can help relieve pain. Focus on stretches that target the muscles surrounding the knees and hips.
Hot/Cold Therapy: Alternating between hot and cold therapy can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Applying a heating pad or taking a warm bath can help soothe aching joints while applying an ice pack can help reduce swelling.
Over-the-counter Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation.
If you are experiencing knee or hip pain, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and to determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to address underlying issues.