Q: I am 57 and my knee is locking on me sometimes or gets stiff on me. What can I do? – L. Pratt
This is most common kind of knee pain and can hit you at any age — your 30s or 40s as easily as your 60s and 70s.
To help alleviate the “creaking” and soothe the discomforttry:
Go Anti-inflammatory. Use food to fight back. Start eating anti-inflammatory foods to reduce the amount of inflammation in your system. Also, try aspirin or ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is a good pain reliever but does not reduce inflammation.
RICE therapy. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation can help reduce swelling and pain.
Physical therapy. Exercise that strengthens your quads and hamstrings may help relieve the pressure on your knees.
Knee braces. They can take pressure off the arthritic area.
Cortisone injections. An occasional injection of this steroid may lessen the swelling and achy pain.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and could be causing that pain and stiffness. It is often called wear-and-tear arthritis because it comes with the aging process. You can take glucosamine and chondroitin because you may have osteoarthritis.
If that does not work, you should talk to your health care provider so they can make certain it is nothing that requires surgery. They may refer you to physical therapy where you will learn exercises that you should do daily to help you with your knee.
Visit the BlackDoctor.org Arthritis center for more articles.