Don’t rest too much.
Too much rest can weaken worsening joint pain. Find an exercise program that is safe for your knees and stick with it.
Cardio exercises strengthen the muscles that support the knee and increase flexibility.
Don’t risk a fall.
A painful or unstable knee can make a fall more likely, which can cause further knee damage. Curb your risk of falling by making sure your home is well lit, using handrails on staircases, and using a sturdy ladder or foot stool if you need to reach something from a high shelf.
Do use “RICE.”
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) is good for knee pain caused by a minor injury or an arthritis flare.
Keep a check on weight.
Losing weight reduces the stress on your knee. Even smaller changes still make a difference.
Do use a walking aid.
A crutch or cane can take the stress off your knee. Knee splints and braces can also help you stay stable.
Wear the right shoes.
Doctors often recommend special insoles in case of knee osteoarthritis. To find the appropriate insole, speak with your doctor or a physical therapist.
Do get expert advice.
If your knee pain is new, get a doctor to check it out. It’s best to know what you’re dealing with ASAP, so you can prevent any further damage.