• Preston Brown, DPT, GCS

2 Key Reasons Why “Just Rest” or “Take These Pain Pills” Will Not Take Away Your Knee Pain

Updated: May 11, 2019

Don't Let Knee Pain Limit You From Doing The Things You Enjoy In Life

Have you experienced knee pain and decided to seek medical attention for it? Or have you ever asked your medical provider about an “achy” knee and what to do for it? Or maybe you are currently experiencing knee pain and are trying to treat it yourself, by just resting it?

If any or all situations apply to you, I am writing this post for you!! Our knees are essential for absorbing impact from our feet hitting the ground and also allow you to attain various positions like sitting and standing.

As we age, the cushion between the bones that make up the knee can wear down making our knee less of a shock absorber when walk as well as creating more pressure on the bones when we bend the knee for sitting, or during a standing activity where we are straightening the knee.

Knee troubles can make everyday activities a big struggle to complete without experiencing pain in the knees. When we are limited in the activities we enjoy doing, can hinder our independence. Also, the amount of body weight we are carrying can impact the amount of force the knee joint has to withstand while we are completing our everyday activities.

At our clinic, Prestige Therapy and Wellness, we meet people all the time who mention they were told to “just rest” or “take these pain pills” or the combination of the two. Unfortunately, “resting” or “taking pain pills,” alone may not take the pain away. In fact, in some cases taking this course of action could make the knee pain worse.

By solely resting, our body can lead to a loss of strength in the leg muscles that are important for climbing stairs, getting up from chair/toilet, walking, and various other physical activities. This weakness in the leg muscles can also place more stress on the bones in your need creating more discomfort.

When we rely upon pain pills, it not only will mask the knee pain, but the pain pills may have a detrimental impact on our overall health. As it relates to older adults, some pain pills have been found to increase the risk of falling. So, minimizing the use or need for pain pills is a prime objective in keeping individuals safe and functioning.

Therefore, incorporating things to replace pain pills for managing the discomfort like the use of an ice/heat pack, stretching, strength building exercises, low-impact activities (brisk walking, yoga, bicycling/etc.), and proper leg positioning, when seated/lying down, can all be useful in managing this condition.

Physical therapy will be an excellent solution for your current situation. If you live in the Greater Milwaukee area and would like to learn more about how physical therapy or a trained physical therapist can help you, please reach out to us by emailing info@prestigetherapywellness.com or if you would like to arrange a FREE phone call with a physical therapist CLICK HERE.

Talk more soon!!

Preston, PT

P.S. If you’re experiencing stiffness in your knee and/or hip which restricts your ability to move without pain, click here to download my free knee and hip pain tips report which includes actionable tips I give to my patients at Prestige Therapy and Wellness, LLC. Click here to get your free copy: https://prestigetherapywellness.lpages.co/knee-and-hip-pain-freebie/

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