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The Best Home Remedies To Treat Nerve Pain In The Knees

This article was written by Elise Burchett
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Do the steps in your staircase suddenly feel like a steep mountain? Does moving around make your knees scream for mercy? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Millions of people struggle with
nerve pain in their knees, and unfortunately this type of knee pain often goes hand in hand with other issues such as joint stiffness and muscle tension

Nerve pain in the knee can range from a dull ache to a sharp, burning sensation and can be accompanied by other symptoms such as tingling, numbness, and weakness that spreads throughout your legs and stops you from being able to enjoy your life.

The good news is there are many home remedies that can be used to help reduce the nerve pain in your knee and improve your mobility. 

Here are some home remedies we recommend if you suffer from nerve pain in your knee. Let’s get into it!


Home Remedies For Knee Pain

Someone holding knee in pain

If you’re one of the many people who suffer from nerve pain in their knee, you know just how insufferable it can be.

Even everyday things like putting on your trousers or getting up from a seated position, or even simply changing sides in the bed become challenging, uncomfortable things to do.

Thankfully, there is a bunch of home remedies for knee pain that you can rely on to help treat or even potentially cure your knee nerve pain!

And the best part about it? All of these methods can work together to amplify results and boost your chances of being pain-free!

Here are just a few of our favorite home remedies for knee pain that you can start using today:


Tai Chi

Tai chi is a traditional Chinese martial art emphasizing slow, flowing movements, deep breathing, and meditation. 

It is widely recognized for its many health benefits, including reducing stress, improving balance and coordination, and strengthening the cardiovascular system.

However, it's also been found to positively affect knee nerve pain! Knee nerve pain, also known as neuropathic pain, is caused by damage or dysfunction of the nerves that supply the knee joint.

This pain is often characterized by a burning or tingling sensation and can be debilitating and difficult to treat.

Research has shown that in a group of adults with Peripheral Neuropathy, practicing tai chi helped “increase strength, improve balance, and promote strong social benefits that contribute to an improved quality of life.” [1]


Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years to alleviate pain and promote healing. 

Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points on the body, known as acupoints, to balance the flow of energy, or Qi, throughout the body. This helps to reduce inflammation, promote blood flow, and alleviate pain.

A recent, year-long study found that using acupuncture as an alternative treatment improved symptoms for more neuropathic (nerve pain) patients than those receiving traditional medical care. [2]

Because it’s a natural alternative to traditional pain medication and has no known side effects acupuncture could be a great treatment option if you’re suffering from nerve pain in the knee!


Chiropractor

Visiting a chiropractor for knee nerve pain can also have a positive effect on reducing pain and improving function.

Nerve pain can often result from tightness and misalignment in other parts of the body, including the neck, spine, and hips, so it’s common for a chiropractor to focus on those areas. 

The pain and stress may have also led you to develop bad posture and movement patterns over time, increasing your nerve pain!

Chiropractic care can also include other treatments such as soft tissue therapy, exercises, and lifestyle and nutritional advice.

These can help reduce inflammation and improve overall health, which again, can positively impact knee nerve pain. 


Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy has been gaining popularity in recent years as a natural and effective treatment for various conditions, including nerve pain in the knee. 

Traditional treatments such as medication and physical therapy can provide temporary relief, but they often come with side effects and can be expensive.

Red light therapy, on the other hand, is a non-invasive and cost-effective treatment that can provide significant relief for knee nerve pain!

Red light therapy works by penetrating the skin and stimulating the production of collagen, elastin, and other molecules which are beneficial for the healing process.

The light also increases the amount of energy cells use and helps to reduce inflammation. This results in a reduction of pain and an improvement in the function of the affected joint.

In a Japanese study, researchers found that after a nerve injury, a fluid called chamber fluid is produced from the remaining nerve tissue. This fluid contains substances that can help nerve cells regrow. 

The study also found that red light therapy can help to improve nerve regeneration and increase the levels of antioxidants in the chamber fluid, meaning there are positive effects of red light therapy on nerve regeneration! [3]

In addition to its effectiveness in treating knee nerve pain, red light therapy is also safe and easy to use. It involves simply sitting or lying down and exposing the affected area to the light for a certain period of time. 

It's a proven alternative treatment that can be a great addition to traditional treatments and can be a great solution for those who are looking for a non-invasive and affordable treatment option.


Knee Nerve Pain DOs & DON’Ts

So, now you know a few things you can do at home to treat or prevent knee nerve pain... But it’s also important that you know what not to do if you want to prevent your pain from getting worse.

Luckily for you, we’ve provided some helpful DOs and DON’Ts for treating nerve pain in your knees that will help you achieve the best results possible.

Do:

  1. Avoid taking too many NSAIDs – While the short-term relief they provide can be tempting, the long-term effects of NSAID use on your body can be quite damaging. We've gone into more detail on this in more detail when we spoke about NSAIDS Vs Red Light Therapy.
  1. Exercise gently and do your stretches – both can promote blood flow and remove tension in the affected area. Plus it also encourages more range of motion and flexibility, which can go a long way toward preventing and relieving nerve pain in the knees.
  1. Use heat therapy – while heat won't actually work on the root cause of your nerve pain, it can help the muscles to loosen up and relax which in turn can reduce the pain and swelling in the area.

Don't:

  1. Ice your joints – cold treatments like ice packs may help relieve the pain temporarily, but can actually make your pain worse in the long run by restricting blood flow to the area and causing the muscles to tighten even more. We've debunked this common myth about the use of ice in our blog post Icing Vs Red Light Therapy: The Ultimate Guide.
  1. Engage in activities that put excessive pressure on the affected nerve –  activities like running or high-impact sports can cause further damage to the already inflamed joint and make the problem worse. Try a more gentle form of exercise instead (like swimming or yoga) to keep pressure off the affected nerve.
  1. Ignore symptoms of nerve pain –  because nerve pain can be caused by a whole host of different underlying conditions, it's important not to ignore any of your symptoms regardless of how minor they may seem.

When Should You See A Doctor?

If you have severe or persistent nerve pain in the knee that’s not getting better after several weeks of using simple at-home remedies, you should make an appointment with your doctor right away.

A doctor can perform a physical examination and may order imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI to determine the cause of your knee nerve pain. 

Treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your pain but may include physical therapy, medication, or in some cases, surgery.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about treating and preventing nerve pain in the knee!

While these tips are simple, they can make a big difference in helping to ease your pain and get you back on your feet again in no time.

And if you're looking at trying a red light therapy device in addition to home treatment to keep the problem at bay, you're in luck!

Because here at Kineon, our red light therapy device provides pain relief, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing in as little as 10 minutes a day without side effects or medication!

And the best part? It's designed to use in the comfort of your own home and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee for extra peace of mind! 

Want to learn more? Click the link below for more details!

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For more on how red light therapy help you recover from knee injury, read:

Sources:

1 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6299306/

2 - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17355547/ 

3 - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20358337/

Elise Burchett

Elise Burchett

Job Title: Writer
 
Bio: Elise Burchett is a writer at Kineon.

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