Suffering from knee pain? There's a number of things you can do to help knee pain, whether it's due to a recent injury or arthritis you've had for years. Most like when the pain is really bad you can't wait to take a pain killer which is understandable but! What if you could manage your pain whit out having to take pills! We all know how harmful pills are in the long run and why take them when you can treat painful arthritis inflammation with a cold compress! That's right all you need is ice or a bag of frozen pees. When arthritis pain causes a sensation of burning, cool it off with cold; applying an ice pack or even a bag of frozen vegetables, can help to numb areas affected by joint pain.
This is a cheap, effective treatment that can be used many times a day or occasionally, as needed.
Using an ice compress on the knees 2-3 times during the day helps in reducing the swelling as well as the pain associated with the knee. It soothes inflammation by decreasing the blood supply to that area and reduces the pain associated with swelling instantly.
Why it works exactly? Ice packs also known as cold therapy is widely used for injured athletes and you can also experience its benefits. An ice or cold pack can decrease inflammation, slow the production of joint fluid and yes, distract the brain from the inflammation.
Cold causes the blood vessels of the muscles to constrict, and can therefore decrease the flow of blood and help reduce inflammation, which is a major cause of arthritis joint pain and stiffness. Cooling an inflamed joint can stimulate sensory receptors in the skin and decrease the transmissions of pain signals to the brain.
So, keep in mind, placing a cold pack on a swollen joint can help bring it back down to size, which will also lessen joint pain.
Put the ice pack or vegetable bag on the knee and press it gently for a few seconds.