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Knee pain aleve: What You Can Take to Relieve Pain


What You Can Take to Relieve Pain

The first thing to try for knee pain is usually RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. What if that’s not enough to make you feel better?

When your pain is severe or you can’t move your knee, you should call your doctor. If it’s not that bad — twinges or aches from an old injury, for instance — you have other options.

Some medicines you can get over the counter. Others you’ll have to see your doctor for. Whatever you use, make sure you follow the instructions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

Drugs for Pain

Acetaminophen treats mild to moderate pain. It’s in over 6,000 products, by itself and with other medicines.If you take too much, it can harm your liver. So check the label on everything you take so you don’t accidentally overdose.

Capsaicin creams, gels, or patches lower the amount of a chemical in your body that sends pain messages to your brain. The product may sting or burn, and you have to put it on your skin regularly so it keeps working.

Drugs That Tame Inflammation

These are called NSAIDs — nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They include:

  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin)
  • Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)

Your doctor can prescribe stronger doses than you can get in the store as well as delayed-release and extended-release forms of naproxen.

All of these NSAIDs have similar side effects, including a greater chance of a heart attack or stroke. You could get ulcers, bleeding, or holes in your stomach when you take them for too long.

Diclofenac, another prescription NSAID, comes in a gel (Voltaren) and as a liquid (Pennsaid) that you put on your skin.

Shots: The Next Step

Your doctor can give you a shot into your knee, after numbing it, to deliver medicine directly to your joint.

Corticosteroids aren’t the type of steroid that builds muscle. In the best cases, they can lower inflammation and relieve pain for months. You probably won’t get more than two or three steroid shots per year.

It can take about 2 to 3 days before you feel the effect. Most people can return to work or go home right after they get the shot.

Some people get what’s called the “steroid flare,” a burst of pain in the injection area for up to 48 hours.

Hyaluronic acid is similar to the thick fluid that’s supposed to lubricate your joint. Some people who got injections of it into their knee were able to move easier and hurt less for as long as 6 months.

The downside is that neither of these types of shots will help everyone. They can also cause discolored skin where you got the shot, infection, and weakened tendons, which connect muscles to bones.

Consider Other Treatments, Too

Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around your knees. Occupational therapy shows you how to do everyday movements in a way that’s safer for your knee.

For some people, complementary medicine, like acupuncture or glucosamine supplements, may help.

Best Way to Relieve Arthritic Knee Pain – Cleveland Clinic

That achy pain, mild swelling and stiffness in your knee after not being active? That’s osteoarthritis. And it’s common, especially as we age.

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So it might also be a familiar routine to reach for that bottle of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) or naproxen (Aleve®), to try to control your symptoms.

While you can take pain-relieving drugs for knee osteoarthritis, they should be used cautiously and only as one part of a more comprehensive approach. “Each person is unique, so we have to formulate an individualized treatment plan,” says sports medicine specialist Carly Day, MD.

The most important piece of the puzzle

If you’re overweight or obese, the most effective treatment is weight loss. This isn’t surprising. Every extra pound of weight adds two to four pounds of excess pressure on your knees.

“Losing weight is probably the most difficult part of the treatment puzzle, but it’s also the most important,” says Dr. Day.

A weight loss program should include both diet and exercise. Some people have difficulty exercising to lose weight because their knees hurt. But any type of exercise can help, even strengthening the upper body.

The role physical therapy plays in the process

Physical therapy is definitely beneficial. “Improving range of motion and strength in the knee are helpful, but physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis has a large focus on strengthening the hips,” explains Dr. Day.

Weak hips put more pressure on the knees. If your hips are strong, when you get up from a chair or go up and down stairs your knees have less work to do.

Everyone with knee osteoarthritis should consult a physical therapist, according to Dr. Day. Not only will you be taught the right kinds of exercises, a physical therapist also provides valuable instruction about using assistive devices (such as a cane or walker) and modifying activities (such as climbing stairs or getting in and out of a car) to reduce pain.

How to get moving every day

In addition to physical therapy, it’s critical to incorporate regular exercise into your daily routine.

“Joints are built to move,” says Dr. Day. The evidence shows that people who are least active have more arthritis pain than people who do some form of exercise. Choose lower-impact activities, such as bicycling, swimming or exercising in a pool.

Talk to your doctor about a knee brace

Often a knee brace can help. “There’s evidence to show that even a simple compression sleeve can decrease pain,” says Dr. Day. These are a good way to start because you can get one at the drugstore.

You can also talk to your doctor about a more customized unloader brace. These take pressure off a portion of the joint. The brace that’s right for you will depend on the severity and location of arthritis, whether primarily in the inner or outer side of the joint or in the kneecap.

Supplements for those with mild pain

For people with milder pain, Dr. Day suggests trying supplements, such as the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin or the spice turmeric.

The evidence for glucosamine and chondroitin is mixed, but they are safe. So it might be worth trying. However, people with a shellfish allergy may not be able to tolerate them. Any effect won’t kick in right away. Dr. Day recommends trying it for six to eight weeks. “If you notice improvement, great; if not, then stop it,” she says.

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, and there is some evidence for its usefulness for painful knee arthritis. You can add turmeric to your food or take it as a supplement. It can thin blood, so people who take a blood thinning medication should not use turmeric.

How to use pain medications properly

There are two types of over-the-counter pain medications that can be used for osteoarthritis. Acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is a pain reliever but not an anti-inflammatory. It may help with mild knee pain.

NSAIDs can be more effective because they both relieve pain and reduce inflammation. However, they come with potential side effects and risks. NSAIDs can irritate the lining of the stomach, which may lead to an ulcer or other stomach problems. They also can impair kidney function. Some NSAIDs can increase blood pressure. And they’ve been linked to an increased risk for heart disease.

Because of the risks, Dr. Day cautions against using NSAIDs regularly over long periods of time. Instead, she uses NSAIDs for her patients in two ways. First, people who have a flare-up of pain can take them regularly (meaning every four to six hours, depending on the drug) for three to five days and then stop. Second, they can be used over the long term, but only occasionally, maybe a couple of times a week as needed.

If you’re taking NSAIDs several times a day for long periods of time, Dr. Day advises reducing their use by maximizing the other treatment strategies. She also suggests trying a topical NSAID, such as diclofenac (Voltaren Gel®, Pennsaid®), which has fewer potential side effects.

Opioid pain relievers are discouraged for long-term treatment of chronic knee pain. “The milder narcotic tramadol might be appropriate for occasional use in some people,” says Dr. Day.

Injections are another low-risk option

If other strategies don’t provide enough relief, injection therapy is an option with low risk.

A corticosteroid injection involves delivering this anti-inflammatory drug directly to the knee. The benefits are typically short lived. But it varies from person to person. “I tell my patients the pain relief can last anywhere from a week to a year,” says Dr. Day. One cautionary note with corticosteroids is the potential to increase blood sugar, which is a concern for people with uncontrolled diabetes.

For a possibly longer lasting effect, an injection of hyaluronic acid (also called viscosupplementation) can be tried. “Hyaluronic acid is a substance that healthy joints have a lot of and arthritic knees don’t,” says Dr. Day. It takes longer to start working than a corticosteroid injection, but the effect often lasts six months to a year.

Two other injection therapies are platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells, neither of which is covered by insurance. PRP involves drawing some blood, spinning it in a centrifuge, and injecting part of it into the knee. “There’s currently more science backing up the effect of PRP than stem cells,” says Dr. Day.

If you’re not able to get your symptoms under control with a combination of these measures, she says, it could be time to talk to your doctor about surgery.

This article originally appeared in Cleveland Clinic Arthritis Advisor.

Aleve Arthritis Advanced Patient Information

Generic name: naproxen (na-PROX-en) (Oral route)
Drug class: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 27, 2021.

Oral route(Tablet;Tablet, Enteric Coated;Suspension)

NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may be increased in patients with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Naproxen is contraindicated in the setting of CABG surgery. NSAIDs can also cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events, including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. Elderly patients and patients with a history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events .

Oral route(Tablet, Extended Release;Tablet)

NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of serious cardiovascular thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke, which can be fatal. This risk may be increased in patients with cardiovascular disease or risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Naproxen sodium is contraindicated in the setting of CABG surgery. NSAIDs can also cause an increased risk of serious gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events, including bleeding, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach or intestines, which can be fatal. Elderly patients and patients with a history of peptic ulcer disease and/or GI bleeding are at greater risk for serious GI events .

Commonly used brand name(s)

In the U.S.

  • Aflaxen
  • Aleve
  • Aleve Arthritis
  • Anaprox
  • Anaprox DS
  • EC Naprosyn
  • Naprelan
  • Naprelan 500
  • Naprelan Dose Card
  • Naprosyn

In Canada

Available Dosage Forms:

  • Tablet, Enteric Coated
  • Tablet
  • Suspension
  • Tablet, Extended Release
  • Capsule, Liquid Filled

Therapeutic Class: Analgesic

Pharmacologic Class: NSAID

Chemical Class: Propionic Acid (class)

Uses for Aleve Arthritis

Naproxen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to relieve symptoms of arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile arthritis) such as inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and joint pain. Naproxen also helps relieve symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, which is a type of arthritis that affects the joints in the spine. However, this medicine does not cure arthritis and will help you only as long as you continue to take it.

This medicine may also be used to treat mild to moderate pain, including acute gout and other painful conditions such as bursitis, tendinitis, or menstrual cramps.

This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.

Before using Aleve Arthritis

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.


Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of naproxen controlled-release tablets in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.

Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of naproxen delayed release tablets, suspension, and tablets in children younger than 2 years of age. Safety and efficacy have not been established.


Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of naproxen in the elderly. However, elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of naproxen than younger adults, and are more likely to have age-related kidney or stomach problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving naproxen.


There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Interactions with medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Abciximab
  • Aceclofenac
  • Acemetacin
  • Acenocoumarol
  • Amiloride
  • Amineptine
  • Amitriptyline
  • Amitriptylinoxide
  • Amoxapine
  • Amtolmetin Guacil
  • Anagrelide
  • Apixaban
  • Ardeparin
  • Argatroban
  • Aspirin
  • Balsalazide
  • Bemiparin
  • Bendroflumethiazide
  • Benzthiazide
  • Betamethasone
  • Betrixaban
  • Bismuth Subsalicylate
  • Bivalirudin
  • Bromfenac
  • Budesonide
  • Bufexamac
  • Bumetanide
  • Cangrelor
  • Celecoxib
  • Ceritinib
  • Certoparin
  • Chlorothiazide
  • Chlorthalidone
  • Choline Magnesium Trisalicylate
  • Choline Salicylate
  • Cilostazol
  • Citalopram
  • Clomipramine
  • Clonixin
  • Clopamide
  • Clopidogrel
  • Cortisone
  • Cyclopenthiazide
  • Cyclosporine
  • Dabigatran Etexilate
  • Dalteparin
  • Danaparoid
  • Deflazacort
  • Desipramine
  • Desirudin
  • Desmopressin
  • Desvenlafaxine
  • Dexamethasone
  • Dexibuprofen
  • Dexketoprofen
  • Diazoxide
  • Dibenzepin
  • Diclofenac
  • Diflunisal
  • Digoxin
  • Dipyridamole
  • Dipyrone
  • Dothiepin
  • Doxepin
  • Droxicam
  • Duloxetine
  • Edoxaban
  • Enoxaparin
  • Eplerenone
  • Epoprostenol
  • Eptifibatide
  • Escitalopram
  • Ethacrynic Acid
  • Etodolac
  • Etofenamate
  • Etoricoxib
  • Felbinac
  • Fenoprofen
  • Fepradinol
  • Feprazone
  • Feverfew
  • Floctafenine
  • Flufenamic Acid
  • Fluocortolone
  • Fluoxetine
  • Flurbiprofen
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Fondaparinux
  • Furosemide
  • Ginkgo
  • Gossypol
  • Heparin
  • Hydrochlorothiazide
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Hydroflumethiazide
  • Ibuprofen
  • Iloprost
  • Imipramine
  • Indapamide
  • Indomethacin
  • Inotersen
  • Ketoprofen
  • Lepirudin
  • Levomilnacipran
  • Lithium
  • Lofepramine
  • Lornoxicam
  • Loxoprofen
  • Lumiracoxib
  • Magnesium Salicylate
  • Meadowsweet
  • Meclofenamate
  • Mefenamic Acid
  • Melitracen
  • Meloxicam
  • Mesalamine
  • Methotrexate
  • Methyclothiazide
  • Methylprednisolone
  • Metolazone
  • Milnacipran
  • Morniflumate
  • Nabumetone
  • Nadroparin
  • Nefazodone
  • Nepafenac
  • Niflumic Acid
  • Nimesulide
  • Nimesulide Beta Cyclodextrin
  • Nortriptyline
  • Olsalazine
  • Opipramol
  • Oxaprozin
  • Oxyphenbutazone
  • Paramethasone
  • Parecoxib
  • Parnaparin
  • Paroxetine
  • Pemetrexed
  • Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium
  • Pentoxifylline
  • Phenindione
  • Phenprocoumon
  • Phenylbutazone
  • Phenyl Salicylate
  • Piketoprofen
  • Piroxicam
  • Pixantrone
  • Polythiazide
  • Prasugrel
  • Prednisolone
  • Prednisone
  • Probenecid
  • Proglumetacin
  • Propyphenazone
  • Proquazone
  • Protein C
  • Protriptyline
  • Reboxetine
  • Reviparin
  • Rivaroxaban
  • Rofecoxib
  • Salicylamide
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Salsalate
  • Sertraline
  • Sibutramine
  • Sodium Salicylate
  • Spironolactone
  • Sulfasalazine
  • Sulindac
  • Tacrolimus
  • Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate
  • Tenoxicam
  • Tianeptine
  • Tiaprofenic Acid
  • Ticagrelor
  • Ticlopidine
  • Tinzaparin
  • Tirofiban
  • Tolfenamic Acid
  • Tolmetin
  • Torsemide
  • Trazodone
  • Treprostinil
  • Triamterene
  • Trichlormethiazide
  • Trimipramine
  • Trolamine Salicylate
  • Valdecoxib
  • Venlafaxine
  • Vilazodone
  • Vorapaxar
  • Vortioxetine
  • Warfarin
  • Xipamide

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Acebutolol
  • Alacepril
  • Atenolol
  • Azilsartan
  • Azilsartan Medoxomil
  • Benazepril
  • Betaxolol
  • Bisoprolol
  • Candesartan Cilexetil
  • Captopril
  • Carteolol
  • Carvedilol
  • Celiprolol
  • Enalapril
  • Enalaprilat
  • Eprosartan
  • Esmolol
  • Fosinopril
  • Irbesartan
  • Labetalol
  • Levobunolol
  • Lisinopril
  • Losartan
  • Metipranolol
  • Metoprolol
  • Moexipril
  • Nadolol
  • Nebivolol
  • Olmesartan Medoxomil
  • Oxprenolol
  • Penbutolol
  • Perindopril Erbumine
  • Pindolol
  • Practolol
  • Propranolol
  • Quinapril
  • Ramipril
  • Sotalol
  • Spirapril
  • Telmisartan
  • Timolol
  • Trandolapril
  • Valsartan

Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following is usually not recommended, but may be unavoidable in some cases. If used together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use this medicine, or give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other medical problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Anemia or
  • Bleeding problems or
  • Blood clots or
  • Edema (fluid retention or body swelling) or
  • Heart attack, recent or history of or
  • Heart disease (eg, congestive heart failure) or
  • Hyperkalemia (high potassium levels in the blood) or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
  • Kidney disease or
  • Liver disease (eg, hepatitis) or
  • Stomach or intestinal ulcers or bleeding, history of or
  • Stroke, history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Aspirin-sensitive asthma or
  • Aspirin sensitivity, history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Heart surgery (eg, coronary artery bypass graft [CABG])—Should not be used to relieve pain right before or after the surgery.

Proper use of Aleve Arthritis

This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain naproxen. It may not be specific to Aleve Arthritis. Please read with care.

For safe and effective use of this medicine, do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than ordered by your doctor. Taking too much of this medicine may increase the chance of unwanted effects, especially in elderly patients.

This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor if you have any questions.

When used for severe or continuing arthritis, this medicine must be taken regularly as ordered by your doctor in order for it to help you. This medicine usually begins to work within one week, but in severe cases up to two weeks or even longer may pass before you begin to feel better. Also, several weeks may pass before you feel the full effects of this medicine.

Check with your doctor first before changing dosage forms (eg, tablets, suspension). These forms are very different from each other.

Swallow the delayed-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

If you are using the suspension, shake it gently before using it. Use the marked measuring cup included in the package to measure the dose.


The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For naproxen (eg, Naprosyn®) tablet and oral suspension dosage forms:
    • For rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis:
      • Adults—At first, 250 milligrams (mg) (10 milliliters (mL)/2 teaspoonfuls), 375 mg (15 mL/3 teaspoonfuls), or 500 mg (20 mL/4 teaspoonfuls) two times a day, in the morning and evening. Your doctor may increase your dose, as needed, up to a total of 1500 mg per day.
      • Children 2 years of age and older—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 5 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight two times a day.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For acute gout:
      • Adults—750 milligrams (mg) for the first dose, then 250 mg every 8 hours until the attack is relieved.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For naproxen controlled-release tablet (eg, Naprelan®) dosage form:
    • For rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis:
      • Adults—At first, 750 milligrams (mg) (taken as one 750 mg or two 375 mg tablets) or 1000 mg (taken as two 500 mg tablets) once a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed, up to a total of 1500 mg (taken as two 750 mg or three 500 mg tablets) per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For bursitis, tendinitis, menstrual cramps, and other kinds of pain:
      • Adults—At first, 1000 milligrams (mg) (taken as two 500 mg tablets) once a day. Some patients may need 1500 mg (taken as two 750 mg or three 500 mg tablets) per day, for a limited period. However, the dose is usually not more than 1000 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For acute gout:
      • Adults—1000 to 1500 milligrams (mg) (taken as two to three 500 mg tablets) once a day for the first dose, then 1000 mg (taken as two 500 mg tablets) once a day until the attack is relieved.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For naproxen delayed-release tablet (eg, EC-Naprosyn®) dosage form:
    • For rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis:
      • Adults—At first, 375 or 500 milligrams (mg) two times a day, in the morning and evening. Your doctor may increase the dose, if necessary, up to a total of 1500 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For naproxen sodium (eg, Anaprox®, Anaprox® DS) tablet dosage form:
    • For rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis:
      • Adults—At first, 275 or 550 milligrams (mg) two times a day, in the morning and evening. Your doctor may increase the dose, if necessary, up to a total of 1500 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For bursitis, tendinitis, menstrual cramps, and other kinds of pain:
      • Adults—550 milligrams (mg) for the first dose, then 550 mg every 12 hours or 275 mg every 6 to 8 hours as needed. Your doctor may increase the dose, if necessary, up to a total of 1375 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For acute gout:
      • Adults—825 milligrams (mg) for the first dose, then 275 mg every 8 hours until the attack is relieved.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.


Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Precautions while using Aleve Arthritis

It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to take it. Blood and urine tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

This medicine may raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is more likely in people who already have heart disease. People who use this medicine for a long time might also have a higher risk.

This medicine may cause bleeding in your stomach or intestines. This problem can happen without warning signs. This is more likely if you have had a stomach ulcer in the past, if you smoke or drink alcohol regularly, if you are over 60 years of age, are in poor health, or are using certain other medicines (such as a steroid or a blood thinner).

Check with your doctor right away if you have pain or tenderness in the upper stomach, pale stools, dark urine, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, or yellow eyes or skin. These could be symptoms of a serious liver problem.

Serious skin reactions can occur during treatment with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms while taking this medicine: blistering, peeling, or loose skin, chills, cough, diarrhea, fever, itching, joint or muscle pain, red skin lesions, sore throat, sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips, or unusual tiredness or weakness.

Possible warning signs of some serious side effects that can occur during treatment with this medicine may include swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs, severe stomach pain, black, tarry stools, or vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds, unusual weight gain, yellow skin or eyes, decreased urination, unusual bleeding or bruising, or skin rash. Also, signs of serious heart problems could occur such as chest pain, tightness in the chest, fast or irregular heartbeat, unusual flushing or warmth of the skin, weakness, or slurring of speech. Check with your doctor immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

This medicine may also cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Although this is rare, it may occur more often in patients who are allergic to aspirin or to any of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. The most serious signs of this reaction are very fast or irregular breathing, gasping for breath, or fainting. Other signs may include changes in color of the skin of the face, very fast but irregular heartbeat or pulse, hive-like swellings on the skin, and puffiness or swellings of the eyelids or around the eyes. If these effects occur, get emergency help at once.

Using this medicine during the later part of a pregnancy can harm your unborn baby. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.

This medicine may cause a delay in ovulation for women and may affect their ability to have children. If you plan to have children, talk with your doctor before using this medicine.

Check with your doctor immediately if blurred vision, difficulty with reading, or any other change in vision occurs during or after your treatment. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist (eye doctor).

Before having any kind of surgery or medical tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine. It may be necessary for you to stop treatment for a while, or to change to a different nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug before your procedure.

This medicine may cause some people to become dizzy, lightheaded, drowsy, or less alert than they are normally. Even if taken at bedtime, it may cause some people to feel drowsy or less alert on arising. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert. .

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

Aleve Arthritis side effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

  • Belching
  • bruising
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • feeling of indigestion
  • headache
  • itching skin
  • large, flat, blue, or purplish patches in the skin
  • pain in the chest below the breastbone
  • skin eruptions
  • stomach pain
  • swelling
  • tightness in the chest

Less common

  • Bloating
  • bloody or black, tarry stools
  • blurred or loss of vision
  • burning upper abdominal or stomach pain
  • cloudy urine
  • constipation
  • decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
  • disturbed color perception
  • double vision
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • halos around lights
  • indigestion
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • night blindness
  • overbright appearance of lights
  • pale skin
  • pinpoint red or purple spots on the skin
  • severe and continuing nausea
  • severe stomach burning, cramping, or pain
  • skin rash
  • swelling or inflammation of the mouth
  • troubled breathing with exertion
  • tunnel vision
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds
  • weight loss


  • Anxiety
  • back or leg pains
  • bleeding gums
  • blindness
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • blood in the urine or stools
  • blue lips and fingernails
  • canker sores
  • change in the ability to see colors, especially blue or yellow
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • clay-colored stools
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cool, pale skin
  • cough or hoarseness
  • coughing that sometimes produces a pink frothy sputum
  • cracks in the skin
  • darkened urine
  • decreased vision
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • difficult, fast, or noisy breathing
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dilated neck veins
  • dizziness
  • dry cough
  • dry mouth
  • early appearance of redness, or swelling of the skin
  • excess air or gas in the stomach
  • extreme fatigue
  • eye pain
  • fainting
  • fever with or without chills
  • fluid-filled skin blisters
  • flushed, dry skin
  • frequent urination
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • greatly decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine
  • hair loss
  • high fever
  • hives
  • increased hunger
  • increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
  • increased sweating
  • increased thirst
  • increased urination
  • increased volume of pale, dilute urine
  • irregular breathing
  • joint or muscle pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • late appearance of rash with or without weeping blisters that become crusted, especially in sun-exposed areas of skin, may extend to unexposed areas
  • light-colored stools
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of heat from the body
  • lower back or side pain
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • no blood pressure
  • no breathing
  • no pulse
  • nosebleeds
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or lips
  • pain in the ankles or knees
  • pain or burning in the throat
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, back, or neck
  • painful, red lumps under the skin, mostly on the legs
  • pains in the stomach, side, or abdomen, possibly radiating to the back
  • pale or blue lips, fingernails, or skin
  • pounding in the ears
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid, shallow breathing
  • red, irritated eyes
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red-green color blindness
  • redness or other discoloration of the skin
  • redness, swelling, or soreness of the tongue
  • scaly skin
  • seizures
  • severe sunburn
  • shakiness
  • skin thinness
  • slurred speech
  • sneezing
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or tongue or inside the mouth
  • sores, welting, or blisters
  • spots on your skin resembling a blister or pimple
  • stiff neck or back
  • stomach cramps or tenderness
  • stomach upset
  • swelling in the legs and ankles
  • swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
  • tiny bumps on the inner lining of the eyelid
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • watery or bloody diarrhea
  • weakness or heaviness of the legs
  • weight gain
  • yellow eyes or skin

Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:

Symptoms of overdose

  • Bleeding under the skin
  • confusion about identity, place, and time
  • muscle tremors
  • restlessness
  • sleepiness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • hearing loss

Less common

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • change in hearing
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • passing gas
  • sensation of spinning
  • stomach soreness or discomfort


  • Appetite changes
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, “pins and needles”, or tingling feelings
  • burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • difficulty with moving
  • discharge, excessive tearing
  • general feeling of discomfort or illness
  • lack or loss of strength
  • menstrual changes
  • muscle aching, cramping, stiffness, or weakness
  • not able to concentrate
  • redness, pain, or swelling of the eye, eyelid, or inner lining of the eyelid
  • seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • swollen joints
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • trouble getting pregnant
  • trouble performing routine tasks
  • trouble sleeping
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, or feeling of sluggishness

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Your guide to over-the-counter joint pain relief

Whether you feel it in your knees, hips, elbows or elsewhere, joint pain can be distracting to the point of dominating your every waking moment. It’s normal to want relief — and to want it fast. 

“There are many ways to deal with chronic joint pain and discomfort, including rest, strengthening, exercise and surgery,” says Dr. Matthew McElroy, a sports medicine specialist at Geisinger. “But over-the-counter medications are among the most common treatments people typically start with.”

However, there are many options to choose from. Here’s where to start.

Why do my joints hurt?

You have 250 to 350 joints in your body that provide support and help you move. When you damage your joints — whether due to injury, overuse or an underlying condition — you may not be able to move comfortably. 

Pain or discomfort might interfere with your day-to-day living. This joint pain can be temporary, or it can be ongoing, explains Dr. McElroy.

Painful joints are caused by many types of injuries or conditions. People of all ages and activity levels can have joint pain. Your pain might be the result of:

  • Overuse
  • Osteoarthritis, commonly called OA
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Excess weight
  • Worn cartilage
  • Tendon or ligament tear
  • Other injuries

What about weight loss?

Mild to moderate weight loss can significantly reduce joint pain and slow the progression of arthritis, especially when combined with low impact and strengthening exercises for major muscle groups.

Talk to your physician or fitness coach to find out which exercises are best for you.

What is a good supplement for joint pain?

Before you stock your medicine cabinet, here’s a rundown of the most widely used over-the-counter (OTC) treatments.

  • OTC pain relievers. For swelling, the best solutions are general pain relievers that reduce inflammation and don’t contain steroids. These pain medications are extremely common and include ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®), naproxen (Aleve®) and aspirin. OTC pain medications can help reduce pain, aches and/or inflammation. If you’re taking other medications, be sure to consult your pharmacist before using any OTC pain relievers. 

If you don’t have swelling or inflammation, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) can help. Be careful to avoid drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen, however, as it can cause liver damage.

  • Topical treatments. Available in cream, spray, rub or gel forms, topical pain relievers are applied to the skin of the affected area to help reduce pain and swelling. 

“Medications that are applied directly to the sore area can include counterirritants that contain menthol or camphor, which counteract pain perceptions. These include products such as Icy Hot® and Biofreeze®.” 

The key ingredients active in these medicines include capsaicin and salicylates.

Dr. McElroy adds, “Capsaicin is the chemical in chili peppers that give them their ‘heat’ and interacts with your neurons to relieve pain, while salicylates have the same effects of aspirin.”

  • Hot or cold therapy. Hot and cold treatments can help decrease inflammation, pain and stiffness. Heat therapy includes dry heat (heating pads) and moist heat, like a hot bath or shower, and improves circulation and relaxes the muscles. Cold therapy, such as an ice pack or a cold compress, helps reduce swelling.

“In addition to traditional medication, heating wraps and pads can also be used to relieve joint pain and don’t have serious side effects,” says Dr. McElroy. 

  • Vitamins and supplements. Glucosamine or chondroitin sulfate are common supplements that contain material found in the joints, which may assist with regeneration. Antioxidants, which are often found in supplements, can also help prevent and treat joint pain by reducing inflammation. Omega 3s are found in fish oil and regulate body functions that manage inflammation. Green tea is also a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. 

A lack of Vitamin D can also lead to joint pain. 

“It’s important that when treating your joint pain with traditional medication you also take advantage of natural remedies,” says Dr. McElroy. “Getting more sunlight — with sunscreen, of course — is one of the best ways to help yourself if you haven’t been getting out of the house enough.” 

The type of pain you have will determine the treatment that’s most appropriate. Be sure to talk with your doctor before you start any new treatments and to understand how any medications you’re taking might interact.

Next steps:

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Knee Osteoarthritis: Non-Surgical Treatment and Medications

There are many treatment options, including many non-surgical options, including  medications used to treat knee osteoarthritis. Learn more about your options, including NSAIDs, corticosteroids, and other medications for knee OA

There are many treatments available for knee osteoarthritis. Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that helps reduce your symptoms, especially the pain and trouble moving.

Some non-surgical treatments for knee osteoarthritis include:

  • Exercise: Although it may sound painful, exercise can help improve the range of motion in your knee. Also, if you currently exercise but the type of exercise you do—running, for example—increases your pain, you will probably need to switch to a more low-impact exercise, such as swimming. A physical therapist can help you develop an exercise plan that works for your life, as well as learn how to move in ways that don’t increase your pain. In addition to exercise, you may also need to undergo other physical therapy treatments for knee OA.
  • Losing weight: Being overweight can put extra pressure on your knees, so if you have extra weight, your doctor may recommend that you lose it. with knee OA can help you maintain a healthy weight.
  • Heat and cold: Heat or cold (or a combination of the two) can help relieve joint pain. Heat can be applied with warm towels, hot packs, or a warm bath or shower. Cold packs, such as bags of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel, may help relieve pain or numb the area.

Complementary and alternative treatments

This includes acupuncture, which stimulates different anatomical points on the body using very fine needles. You may also want to try massage, tai chi or TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), a therapy that uses low-voltage electrical current for pain relief.


Whether prescription or over-the-counter (OTC)—medications can make your knee osteoarthritis (OA) more manageable. OTC medications are typically the first line of treatment to help you deal with knee osteoarthritis, while prescription medications are reserved for more severe pain.

This article walks you through common medications used to treat knee osteoarthritis. Note that everyone is different when it comes to whether a medication will work for them: Your doctor may prescribe you a medication that may not be as effective for someone else with knee OA.

No matter what medication you’re taking—even if it’s an over—the-counter medication-talk to your doctor about it. Some medications can have undesireable side effects or interact with other medications you’re already taking.

Acetaminophen: Before recommending any other medication, your doctor may have you try acetaminophen—a common over-the-counter pain medication. It’s typically considered a safe and effective medication for osteoarthritis. Tylenol is one example of an OTC acetaminophen you can take to manage knee OA symptoms.

Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): This medication addresses both the pain and the inflammation associated with knee osteoarthritis. Advil and Aleve are examples of over-the-counter NSAIDs.

Prescription-strength NSAIDs: These are the most commonly prescribed prescription medications used to treat osteoarthritis. They help relieve pain and inflammation; however, they carry certain risks, such as stomach and kidney problems if used without proper monitoring by your doctor. The US Food and Drug Administration has also warned that patients with a history of heart disease should be cautious when taking this medication. Because of these risks, it’s important to talk with your doctor about being on these medications for a long period of time.

COX-2 inhibitors: COX-2 inhibitors are the newer class of prescription-strength NSAIDs. COX-2 inhibitors help reduce pain and inflammation as effectively as traditional NSAIDs but are believed to carry fewer risks for stomach problems. Celecoxib (eg, Celebrex) is the only COX-2 inhibitor currently on the market in the US.

Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory agents that can be injected directly into the knee joint. They work by helping to temporarily reduce pain and inflammation in the joint. The effects of the corticosteroids don’t last very long, and you typically can’t have more than 4 injections in each knee joint per year. Also, over time, corticosteroids can become less effective as the arthritis gets worse.

Hyaluronic acid substitutes: Also known as viscosupplements, hyaluronic acid substitutes help reduce pain and swelling by lubricating joints and restoring the healthy joint fluid that typically diminishes with OA. They’re typically given in a series of 3 to 5 injections, and they’re approved only for knee osteoarthritis. A new single-injection formula is available for use that offers up to 6 months of pain relief.

Opioids (also called narcotics): Opioids are generally effective at treating severe pain caused by knee osteoarthritis. However, because they’re incredibly potent, you’ll need to take them under your doctor’s careful supervision. And you’ll most likely only be on them for a short period of time. A combination pill of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (eg, Vicodin) is the most commonly prescribed opioid in the US. Tramadol (eg, Ultram) is an example of a less potent pain reliever you can take for knee OA if you want to avoid taking a more powerful opioid.

Remember that while medications and injections used for knee osteoarthritis help treat the pain, swelling, and other symptoms, they aren’t actually curing the arthritis. However, reducing pain can help improve your daily function—an important part of making it easier to deal with knee OA on a day-to-day basis.

Updated on: 05/23/16

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Joint pain relief tips | Quantum Pain & Sports Medicine

Our joints bear a heavy burden, connecting our entire skeletons together and allowing our bodies to move in all sorts of ways. That why it’s so common to start feeling pain and discomfort in any number of them, especially as we age.

Relying on things like over-the-counter medications is fine for short-term joint pain relief, but taking them all the time and doing nothing else to try and address the inflammation and pain isn’t going to make the pain go away. And after all, that’s the ultimate goal, right?

What Causes Joint Pain?

There are a lot of different conditions can lead to chronic pain in the joints, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Muscular strains
  • Ligament sprains

The main thing most of these conditions have in common is that they lead to inflammation. Inflamed joints may also feel warm and swollen, and in some cases the overlying skin may even become red.

Joint pain can sometimes be a symptom of other illnesses, such as a viral infection, and though this can be extremely uncomfortable, it’s often short-lived.

How to Treat Joint Pain

Whatever the cause of joint pain, in most cases you can effectively manage it at home through medication, exercise and physical therapy. The primary medications to take are drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), including aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen sodium (Aleve), and they can all provide temporary joint pain relief.

Other ways to treat joint pain at home include:

  • Hot and cold therapy: Apply ice or a heating pad to your aching joints for 15-20 minutes several times per day to relieve pain and swelling. Start with ice, then after a day or so, switch to heat.
  • Rest: Taking a break, especially from high-impact activities that might cause you pain and lead to more inflammation. Remember that after the initial inflammation goes away, you will need to strengthen the affected joint through exercise – the resting step shouldn’t last more than a few days.
  • Supplements: You can also try taking supplements, including glucosamine and chondroitin medicines. Glucosamine sulfate can help to reduce joint pain, however there isn’t  a lot of evidence that it decreases inflammation.
  • Losing weight: Joint pain is more common in people who are overweight, and losing a bit can help relieve some of the pressure on your joints. Our doctors can help you put together an exercise plan that’s best for you, but if you want to start right away, swimming and cycling are two of the best ways to work out without putting a lot of stress on your joints.

Quantum Pain and Sports Medicine can help with joint pain

Whether you’re suffering from chronic joint pain as a result of getting older, or you have a sports injury that causing acute pain, we want to help. Our interventional pain management specialists are experts at diagnosing and treating all kinds of pain and injuries.

We take a holistic approach to pain management that aims to address all facets of your health and wellness. This means putting together a tailored diet plan that specifically incorporates anti-inflammatory foods, devising a customized exercise plan that’s geared toward your age and activity level, and recommending other therapies and treatments that can help reduce or eliminate your pain.

Call 469.913.6136 or contact us to set up and appointment today.

90,000 causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Pain under the knee, sharp and cutting or, on the contrary, aching and intrusive, significantly impairs the quality of life and in most cases requires referral to a specialist. The inability to walk or run quickly, lameness, increased swelling are just some of the side effects of the symptom, and in order to get rid of them, you need to understand what caused it.

Causes of knee pain

There are many reasons why the knee hurts.The most common are:

Injuries of a physical nature:

  • Fracture of the knee joint, may be accompanied by a displacement of the knee disc. With a fracture, the patient experiences unbearable pain, which increases with pressure on the affected area; the knee cannot be bent, as the joint swells and fills with blood;
  • dislocation – displacement of the position of the bones. Symptoms are similar to a fracture: the knee also swells and hurts;
  • rupture or sprain of ligaments and tendons.Often, knees hurt and crunch, while walking, the victim can hear uncharacteristic clicks, observe swelling and excessive joint mobility. The pain is most often cutting or shooting;
  • bursitis – inflammation of the knee. Puffiness appears, especially knees hurt at night and with excessive physical exertion;
  • meniscus rupture – occurs as a result of abnormal development of cartilage or injury (impact, displacement, etc.). The victim has severe pain in the knee joints, there is increased swelling, and activity decreases.

Diseases of the joints:

  • rheumatism – the disease is characterized by alternating discomfort, i.e. first the right knee hurts, and then the left, and vice versa. Most of all, adolescents, as well as people who have recently suffered streptococcal diseases, are susceptible to it;
  • reactive arthritis is an inflammation of the joint, which appears mainly in persons 25-35 years old. With it, the knee may hurt from the inside, front, back, side or bottom, there is swelling, redness of the affected area, it may be accompanied by conjunctivitis;
  • Reiter’s syndrome – the symptoms are completely similar to reactive arthritis, however, in addition to them, urethritis and intestinal malfunction are noted;
  • Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects older people.Characterized by aching knee pain, aggravated during bad weather, knee also hurts at night and when walking;
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease – knee pain when bending, walking up stairs, squatting;
  • Rheumatoid arthritis is a still not fully understood autoimmune disease. It manifests itself in the form of increased puffiness. The patient has an unbearable pain in the front knee, especially at night;
  • gout – appears due to an unbalanced diet, excessive consumption of junk food and alcohol.The patient experiences obsessive aching pain in the kneecap region.

What to do?

If knee pain is present, a doctor should treat it. Nevertheless, everyone should be able to competently react and provide first aid in case of injury to a designated area, because the salvation of the patella itself may depend on this.

So, it is necessary to completely immobilize the affected limb together with the joint and apply a cold compress to it, and then seek qualified medical help by calling an ambulance.

The specialist will first of all conduct an examination and prescribe medications that relieve pain in the back of the knee or in the front, after which treatment will be carried out depending on the cause of the discomfort.

Varieties of arthritis are treated with drugs that relieve inflammation and kill germs. They are prescribed exclusively by a doctor. Arthrosis requires heat, so experts prescribe warming herbal compresses and ointments to patients that increase the protective properties of cartilage.

JSC “Medicine” (Clinic of Academician Rotiberg) has the most advanced equipment that allows for quick and accurate examination of the knee joints.The specialists of the medical center will make the necessary diagnostics, after which they will prescribe the required treatment.

To get help at the highest level, it is enough to make an appointment with a therapist who will determine the exact cause of the pain. Also in our clinic in the center of Moscow the best traumatologists, rheumatologists, surgeons and neurologists are waiting for you.

You can make an appointment by calling the round-the-clock phone +7 (495) 775-73-60 or through the feedback form on the clinic’s official website.The medical center is located at Moscow, 2nd Tverskoy-Yamskaya lane, 10. Geographically, we are located near the metro stations Mayakovskaya, Belorusskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Chekhovskaya, Tverskaya.

Home treatment of knee pain

Treatment of a symptom at home is reduced to regular preventive measures. Follows:

  • Eat a healthy diet with a balanced amount of proteins, fats and carbohydrates;
  • Limit consumption of spicy, salty, fatty and sweet foods;
  • reduce physical activity;
  • regularly do exercises and engage in physiotherapy exercises.

If knee pain occurs when walking or at rest, then alternative methods of treatment include applying cabbage leaves, mustard compress, gelatin compress to the affected area of ​​the skin, as well as lubricating it with an ointment for knee pain based on propolis tincture.

90,000 Knee pain | Symptoms, complications, diagnosis and treatment

Knee pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages.Knee pain can be the result of an injury, such as a ruptured ligament or torn cartilage. Medical conditions – including arthritis, gout, and infections – can also cause knee pain.

Many types of minor knee pain respond well to personal care measures. Physical therapy and knee braces can also help relieve knee pain. In some cases, however, the knee may require surgery.

The location and severity of knee pain can vary depending on the cause of the problem. Signs and symptoms that sometimes accompany knee pain include:

  • Edema
  • Redness and warmth to the touch
  • Weakness or instability
  • Crunch
  • Failure to fully straighten the knee

Call your doctor if:

  • Can’t carry weight on knee
  • Severe swelling of the knee
  • Cannot fully stretch or bend knee
  • Obvious deformity in a leg or knee
  • Feeling as if the knee is unstable or “falling out”


Knee pain can be caused by trauma, mechanical problems, various types of arthritis, and other problems.


Knee injury can affect any ligaments, tendons, or fluid-filled sacs (bursa) that surround the knee joint, as well as the bones, cartilage, and ligaments that form the joint itself. Some of the more common knee injuries include:

Disorder of the anterior cruciate ligament. Especially common in people who play basketball, soccer, or other sports that require sudden changes in direction.

Fractures. Knee bones, including the patella, can be damaged in collisions or falls. People whose bones have been weakened by osteoporosis can sometimes break a knee just by staggering.

Torn meniscus. The meniscus is formed from tough, rubbery cartilage and acts as a shock absorber between your lower leg and femur. It can be torn apart if you suddenly twist your knee while carrying the weight.

Knee bursitis. Some knee injuries cause inflammation in bursae, small sacs of fluid that soften the outside of your knee so that the tendons and ligaments slide smoothly over the joint.

Pallinal tendonitis. Tendonitis is an irritation and inflammation of one or more tendons, which are thick, fibrous tissues that attach muscles to bones. Runners, skiers, cyclists, and those who participate in competitive sports and jumping are prone to developing inflammation in the patellar tendon, which connects the quadriceps muscle on the front of the thigh to the chinbon.

A number of factors can increase your risk of knee problems, including:

  • Overweight. Being overweight or obese increases pressure on the knee joints, even with normal activities such as walking or moving up and down stairs. It also increases the risk of osteoarthritis by accelerating the breakdown of articular cartilage.
  • Lack of muscle flexibility or strength. Lack of strength and flexibility are among the leading causes of knee injuries.Tight or weak muscles provide less support for your knee because they don’t drown out enough stress on the joint.
  • Specific sports. Some sports put more pressure on the knees than others. Alpine skiing with hard ski boots and the possibility of falling, jumping and basketball hinges, and repeated knee kicks when you run or run increase the risk of knee injury.
  • Previous damage. Having a previous knee injury is more likely to injure your knee again.
  • 90,021 90,000 why it occurs and how to avoid

    Knee pain indicates a malfunction of the knee joint
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    To avoid knee pain, you need to be physically active and take care of your spirits.

    According to the WHO, one in three people over 40 is faced with knee pain today. What is the cause of this pain and how dangerous is it for health? The MedikForum portal tells about it.

    The most common cause of knee pain is damage to the cartilage that prevents the bones from rubbing. Increased loads on the legs lead to accelerated wear of the cartilage, it becomes thinner and protects the knees worse, which is expressed in painful sensations when walking.

    However, insufficient physical activity also negatively affects the condition of the cartilage. If in childhood a person does not play sports, then less cartilaginous tissue is formed, which leads to faster wear with age.

    To reduce the risk of knee pain, there are a few tips to follow.

    • Promote health with moderate exercise. The best activities will be swimming, walking, cycling.
    • When sedentary work, you should get up and warm up more often. Remember to stretch your legs to improve circulation.
    • Do not stand in one place for a long time, this puts additional stress on your knees.
    • Wear soft-soled shoes. It helps to reduce vibration caused by walking, which can damage the joints.
    • Control your weight. The extra pounds put additional stress on the knees, accelerating the wear and tear of the cartilage tissue.

    Acute, sharp or aching pain under the knee in the back of the joint when flexing: how to treat it, which doctor to see

    Arthritis and arthrosis affect the joints, which causes pain in the knee. Common causes of arthritis are heredity, infection of the knee joint, insufficient physical activity, unbalanced diet, and overweight.Treatment primarily involves limiting the stress on the joints.

    Homeosiniatry is recommended for arthrosis. This method combines homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine. The harmlessness of the method and its effectiveness were substantiated by the doctors of the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry A.I. Evdokimova. After a course of homeosinatria in combination with exercise therapy, the condition of the patients improved significantly. Doctors note that reasonable physical activity reduces pain and increases the range of motion in the joints.

    Our recommendations will help relieve arthrosis pain:

    1. Place optez or a tight band on the knee.
    2. Do physical therapy. Exercise therapy improves the mobility of all parts of the joint, relieves pain, strengthens the muscles.
    3. Sign up for the pool. Swimming can greatly improve the condition of your knees.

    Knee pain due to arthritis will relieve:

    1. Slimming. Reducing body weight will reduce the stress on the knee joint.
    2. Regular exercise in stretching and flexibility will reduce stiffness in the knee joint.
    3. Auxiliary devices and supports: walking sticks, crutches, staples.

    These changes in life are necessary, but the doctor will prescribe the treatment. These are pain medications, anti-inflammatories, steroids, and muscle relaxants.

    Knee pain during extension and flexion of the leg

    With age, the knees begin to hurt during extension due to a decrease in the amount of articular fluid and abrasion of the articular surface.

    Inflammation of several bursae in the joint – bursitis – also causes pain. Pain when bending the knee can become sciatica – an inflammatory process of the sciatic nerve.

    Ladies, pay attention: wearing long and narrow boots provokes the disease.

    Painful sensations are caused by the patellofemoral syndrome, the person experiences discomfort in the patella area. The leg starts to hurt more at rest.

    To relieve pain syndrome will help:

    1. A set of exercises to maintain muscle tone.
    2. Ice warmer for knee 2-3 times a day.
    3. Comfortable shoes.

    Important: Pain in the knee during flexion and extension is a harbinger of the development of arthrosis or arthritis.

    90,000 Pain in the joints of the knees

    Knee pain can be caused by illness or injury. The knee joint has a complex structure and, roughly speaking, consists of three parts: the femur, the tibia and the patella.All three bones are connected by ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

    Most often pain in the knee joint occurs as a result of injuries. They can bother a person throughout their lives. Among injuries in 40% of cases, meniscopathy occurs – an injury to the meniscus and ligaments. The second reason pain in the joints of the knees are diseases of the joint or blood vessels.

    Knee joints can hurt in different ways. The nature of the pain can tell the doctor about the type of illness.

    Aching pain under the knee joint or in the joint indicates inflammation and possible arthritis. Constant pain comes from muscle spasm. Acute and unbearable pain is common with knee injuries. Throbbing pain may indicate joint disease.

    Watch for the appearance of knee pain , it can get worse in the evening or at night, it hurts for a short time or constantly. All this data will help the doctor diagnose.

    In addition, knee joints can hurt due to heredity, age-related changes in the body and excess weight.

    Knee joints hurt. Possible reasons.

    There are a number of diseases causing 90,081 knee pain .

    • Rheumatism is a serious disease that affects the heart and nervous system, knee pain can be one of its symptoms.

    • Rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus, with these conditions, you may feel stiffness and pain in your knee joints.Self-treatment in this case will not help and can lead to deformation of the knee joints.

    • Gout always affects the joints and is also the cause of knee pain . The pain of gout is very severe.

    • 90 081 pain in the knee joints can cause flat feet and abnormalities in the hip joint. With these diseases, gait is disturbed, which also affects the knee joint.

    • Benign and malignant tumors can disrupt blood circulation in the joint, destroy it, squeeze nerve endings.

    • Various types of arthritis are joint inflammation. With this disease, pain appears in the knee joint and general swelling around.

    • Deforming osteoarthritis destroys and thinns cartilage tissue.The disease manifests itself pain in the knee joint during movement, and then at rest. The pain may be mild and transient. Therefore, often a person simply does not pay attention to it.

    Pain in the knee joint. Treatment

    As with any joint pain, knee pain is treated with a range of measures.

    First, it is necessary to reduce the load on the knee joint to the point where pain stops manifesting, and also to fix the joint with a bandage.The doctor may prescribe you warming agents for knee pain – these can be folk remedies, or modern gels and ointments.

    During the treatment of pain in the knee joint , anti-inflammatory drugs are also used, in some cases chondroprotectors that protect the cartilage tissue. Physical therapy and special exercises play an important role.

    Self-medication pain in the knee can be dealt with only with minor bruises, in other cases it is better to seek the help of a neurologist, orthopedist, vascular surgeon, traumatologist, rheumatologist.

    Why do knees hurt after running and what should be done at the same time



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    Newbie runners often complain of sore knee joints after training.Moreover, painful sensations arise immediately after jogging and even after 1-2 weeks. As a result, jogging is postponed or canceled altogether. We will tell you why your knees hurt, how to prevent the problem and how to treat the joints.

    Knees hurt after running: reasons

    The knee is a large joint in the human body that can withstand an enormous load. Therefore, chronic diseases, age-related changes, and knee injuries are becoming common. The most common causes of knee pain include:

    1. Violation of running technique.A gross mistake in the training process is a “lunge” on the extended straight leg with a strong emphasis on the heel. Then the body weight falls on the foot of a straight leg, the load of the musculoskeletal system is unevenly distributed.
    2. Unpreparedness of the muscles for the load. We ran once and abandoned it for an indefinite time, did a little warm up before the start, dramatically increased the mileage traveled – all this leads to discomfort in the knee area.
    3. Incorrect selection of sports shoes. Many run in any comfortable shoes, without thinking that for training they need sports sneakers, selected taking into account the characteristics of the foot. Too tight or, conversely, loose shoes are very dangerous and lead to knee injury.
    4. Meniscus injury. The meniscus is a round cartilage located around the joint and acting as a shock absorber. It has a large margin of safety, but due to intense load or sudden movement, a part of the meniscus sometimes breaks.The main symptoms: severe pain, inability to bend or straighten the leg, severe swelling, impaired mobility. Trauma often accompanies football players and professional track and field athletes. Requires timely diagnosis (ultrasound, X-ray, MRI), and then long-term treatment under the supervision of a traumatologist.
    5. Dislocation of the patella. As a result of the injury, the patella is displaced. The runner feels acute pain and is unable to lean on the injured leg. Visually, the knee swells.Only a doctor can make an accurate diagnosis by palpation or by x-ray. A plaster cast is applied to the sore knee, and the patient is prescribed rest and decreased motor activity. There is nothing dangerous about a single dislocation. But if the patella is damaged regularly, over time, stretching and wear of the ligaments occurs, the pain becomes chronic.
    6. Ligament sprain. It is the result of an old injury, a sharp blow or fall while running. The knee swells, it hurts to touch it.Distinguish between mild, moderate and severe damage to the ligaments. For the first two, it is enough to wear a plaster splint, bandage or fixation with tight bandages. In severe cases, surgery is indicated to restore the ligaments of the joint.
    7. Knee tendonitis. Inflammatory process in the tendon. It can be recognized by the aching pain under the kneecap. The pain manifests itself especially sharply when descending a mountain or up steps. Often it does not manifest itself immediately, but a few hours or a day after a run.Tendinitis threatens those who do not warm up enough before training, unevenly distribute the load on the knee joint, and start intensive exercises after a long break.
    8. Knee deformity. “Age-related” diseases lead to it: arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism. The articular cartilage wears out, as a result of which it loses the function of a shock absorber-stabilizer. Alarming symptoms: redness and swelling of the knee, crunching of joints, feeling of numbness. With each running workout, the pain syndrome only intensifies, therefore, it is impossible to let the incipient deformity take its course.At an early stage, the disease is successfully treated under the supervision of experienced rheumatologists.
    9. Vascular diseases. If the normal blood flow is disturbed, a dull, aching pain appears in the knee area. It is not constant, but it manifests itself brighter with each running workout, if you do not start treatment. Vascular diseases are common: synovitis (accumulation of fluid in the joint) and bursitis (inflammation of the joint capsule).

    Knee discomfort may be due to one or a combination of factors.In order for beginners to understand the running technique in more detail, we have written a new article – “How to start running”.

    What to do if your knees start to hurt

    We do not recommend self-medication, it is better to seek medical help as soon as possible. If an injury has occurred and the acute pain persists, the following measures can be taken before the doctor’s examination:

    • Stop exercising and rest the injured knee;
    • Apply a cold compress or ice;
    • if there is a swelling of the knee, lift your leg;
    • if there are no contraindications, it is allowed to take paracetamol or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug;
    • Apply a tight fixation bandage if possible.

    When the pain is chronic, the doctor diagnoses and then prescribes a comprehensive treatment. It includes restorative exercises for joints, warming compresses, wearing a bandage, taking medications, and physical therapy. A rheumatologist or traumatologist will tell you how to smear a sore knee. These can be warming gels, ointments with analgesics, etc.

    Preventive measures

    It is easier to prevent a problem than to treat its consequences later.To avoid injury and reduce your risk of chronic disease, follow these simple rules:

    • Build up your running volume gradually, no more than 10% each week over the previous week. Make a detailed lesson plan.
    • Before starting your workout, take a 5-10 minute warm-up to warm up your muscles.
    • Pay attention to your running technique and correct foot placement.
    • Run on level ground, avoid rough terrain with obstacles.It is ideal if there is a special track with a soft rubber surface in the park or square.
    • Buy sports sneakers with a firm heel, flexible toe, tailored projection. Shoes should fix the foot, just do not overdo it with tight lacing.
    • Use knee pads to avoid damaging the kneecap. This is especially important if there has been an experience of trauma in the past.
    • Cool down after you finish running. These are light physical exercises that smoothly bring the body into a state of rest.

    Treat your knees with care, do not immediately take on heavy loads, then training will bring benefits and positive emotions.

    And in our catalog you can find various running shoes. As an example, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with the Asics GT 2000 9 G-TX sneakers.

    90,000 Are you worried about pain in your back, knee joints?

    If you are concerned about back pain

    What can be hidden behind complaint back pain ? Pain can be episodic and associated with either awkward movement or heavy lifting.Often there is a feeling of fatigue in the back, pain of a dull, aching character after being forced to stay in one position or walking, worried about the “feeling of heaviness” between the shoulder blades, the need for repeated rest during the day, preferably in the supine position. Joint pain, gait disturbance, lameness may appear. Taking painkillers does not completely stop the pain syndrome.

    Osteoporosis – a decrease in bone mineral density can be the causes of the back pain described above.Osteoporosis is dangerous with consequences: compression fractures of the spine, partial fracture with periosteal hemorrhage, mechanical compression of ligaments and muscles, fractures of the limbs with a slight fall, a significant decrease in the quality of life. Osteoporosis is treated and prevented by a rheumatologist. Timely referral to a rheumatologist and proper treatment will help reduce the risk of fractures and keep the joy of movement for many years.

    Pain in the lower back in young men and women may be caused by an inflammatory process in the joints of the spine, and not by “normal” osteochondrosis.An inflammatory process in the spine without proper treatment leads to an early and pronounced limitation of mobility in all parts of the spine and significantly reduces a person’s functional capabilities. In this regard, it is very important to start treatment early. A rheumatologist can determine this disease and prescribe the correct treatment.

    If you are concerned about pain in the knee joint

    From time to time, many of us may experience knee pain when bending, squatting, walking up stairs.Often worried about not only pain in the knee, but also the feeling of stiffness in the joint, its poor mobility. Other sensations accompanying the pain may appear: swelling in the joint area, an increase in local skin temperature over the joint (the knee becomes “hot”), a feeling of numbness, a feeling of cold or tingling.

    The knee joint is the largest and most complex in structure in our body. It connects 3 bones, patella, menisci, ligaments, tendons, muscles. And if knee pain occurs, this can indicate a number of reasons:

    • damage to the knee cartilage,
    • tendon damage,
    • ligament damage,
    • inflammation of the periarticular bags and inflammation in the joint itself,
    • pathology of other parts of the knee joint.