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5 Myths About Knee Pain Relief

Knees are often the first to go as a result of the ongoing the wear and tear to joints that comes with getting older, from an injury or overuse. 20% of Americans report knee pain in the past 3 months – and most people experience knee-joint-pain at some point in their life. The symptoms are all too familiar: stiffness, soreness, and pain. Look for knee pain relief in the right places by avoiding these 5 Myths About Knee Pain Relief:

1. Osteoarthritis Is Curable
Many kinds of arthritis can affect the knee joint but by far the most common is osteoarthritis which some people call "degenerative joint disease." Osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists. The closest thing to a cure is getting a joint replacement but not all joints are replaceable. Also there are risks associated with surgery and it only becomes an option when your osteoarthritis is severe. There is plenty of current research around osteoarthritis with great potential in non-surgical therapies.

2. Ice is Better Than Heat
Ice is great for inflammation, but heat can also help knee pain and stiffness by increasing blood flow and relaxing muscles. We recommend ice for flare-ups to numb sharp pain or when the joint is hot and swollen. Heat is usually better for joints that have been stiff and achy for weeks. Heating pads are readily available and just 20 minutes should provide some relief.

 

3. NSAIDs Are The Only Option for Pain Relief
NSAIDs like Ibuprofen, naproxen, and aspirin do relieve pain and they can also decrease inflammation when taken on a regular schedule. However NSAIDs often cause stomach irritation and acid indigestion. Two over-the-counter alternatives are ASU and Boswellia. ASU is an extract of avocado and soy oils that has been proven effective for joint relief. Boswellia serrata extract has been used for thousands of yours to soothe irritable joints and irritable digestive systems. If NSAIDs upset your stomach, then you might want to try ASU and/or Boswellia extract. Note that Boswellia is sometimes sold under its common name, Frankincense.

4. Any Exercise Is Good Exercise
Keeping active builds muscles that support the knee joint, but the type of exercise is important. In fact, the wrong exercises could worsen your condition. Gentle swimming is the best exercise for arthritis because of the weight relief provided by buoyancy in water. Warm water is even better. Cycling is another good one, but cycling with the seat too low can actually increase the pressures in the knee joint - so make sure to raise the seat as high as possible.

5. Glucosamine/Chondroitin Supplements Work
This is simply not true and the research is mounting against glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. The only thing contributing to actual pain relief in these supplements is the addition of NSAIDs. And Consumer Reports recently revealed that the majority of Glucosamine/Chondroitin are cut with inferior substances and contain way less Chondroitin than consumers are led to believe. Few doctors recommend these agents now.

Instead, we recommend UC-II cartilage. The knee is the largest joint in the body, and the surface of the bones inside the knee joint is covered by articular cartilage, which absorbs shock and provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint movement. UC-II enhances joint cartilage and allows joints to move and glide without pain and friction. UC-II is a proven ingredient for increased joint flexibility and comfort – meaning people are able to exercise for longer before feeling discomfort. And the research? UC-II, even at a low dose, is proven more effective than huge doses of chondroitin and glucosamine.

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