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Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions - Trick Knee
April 06, 2015
Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions
monthly newsletter/ezine of
Vol. 4 #40 April 6, 2015
Taking Care of Ourselves - Trick Knee - Really?
A few weeks ago I told friends that I had a trick knee; at least it wanted to buckle on me at the most inconvenient times, like coming down a flight of stairs. It was not a continuous pain, just out of the blue my knee acted as if it wanted to fold forwards or backwards at random. Sometimes just as I was turning around sharply in my kitchen.
After a weekend of it happening more and more, I went to my chiropractor the following Monday. He put some sensors beside and below my knee, and allowed an electrical current to massage my muscles there. Then he gave me a spinal alignment, and urged me to use the arch supports he had given me months ago.
That evening I noticed that my knee was feeling better, my back was much improved (I hadn't really thought it had a problem aside from my long-standing curvature), and on top of that, the itch under my elastic wastebands, etc., had eased, even disappeared for some hours. Of course, I'm quite grateful!
But I've decided to do a bit of research, since it appears that knee trouble is often mentioned by friends and family as an on-going issue.
It turns out that a trick knee is defined as a luxating patella, or floating patella, - that's the kneecap. Basically it slips out of its usual position, or is dislocated.
What's more, this is common in small and medium-sized breeds of dogs, though it can occur in humans too.
Brian Peck, M.D., says, "Most baby boomers deny knee symptoms. They tend to get used to knee pain or stiffness, allowing symptoms to become a "normal" part of daily life. They subconsciously protect their knees for years, allowing under-used muscles to slowly shrink, hastening the development of arthritis."
Mosby's Medical Dictionary describes it as; "A condition in which the knee is fixed in either a flexed or an extended position, often caused by longitudinal splitting of the medial meniscus. Also called trick knee."
Dr. David Cook MD, writes, "A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is what causes the buckling and collapsing that were previously known as “trick” knees. Damage to the ACL allows the tibia to slide too far forward relative to the femur. This usually occurs during pivoting, twisting or cutting activities, and leads to buckling or giving way as the knee slips partially out of joint." (tannerclinic.com/cook-column/).
Okay, so I've been old-fashioned in my terminology, but "trick knee" or my "knee buckles" unexpectedly still feels easier to say than those medical mouthfuls above.
Does this sound like your knee pain? What do you call it? Or do you have a family member who is hampered by a bad knee?
A Practical Tip/Solution - What to Do for Your Knees
The point is... what to do for your knees if it happens to you?
There are some who recommend surgery, but if you look into it more carefully, it is the young atheletes that they have in mind. Their knee injury is usually a serious emergency. If your trick knee is as a result of natural aging and age-onset osteoporsis you can consider some less invasive alternative therapies.
This site, healthline.com....arthritis-natural-relief lists some suggestions. Things like, losing weight if you are carrying too much for your knees to handle comfortably. and more exercises, but they should be low-impact. Something like swimming would be good. If you just sit still and endure the knee pain it will get worse.
You can try applying hot or cold packs or acupuncture. I would save the latter for a last resort, but yes, experiement with hot or cold packs (heating pads or water bottles, frozen bags of vegetables, etc.) on an achy knee to see which helps you. It isn't the same for everyone.
Dietary changes might help. Add fatty acids, which are found in fish, or GLA, - which you can get as supplements too. Look for omega 3 in them. You can also sprinkle certain spices in your food, as they are anti-inflammatory. Tummeric and cayenne come to mind first.
Massage on your knee by someone who understands how to do it well, can be very soothing. If it's a continuing condition, you might be wise to ask someone to teach you how to massage your own knee(s).
There are a number of herbs that are anti-inflammatory. But I have another full-page article about this on my website. Rather than re-writing all that, may I refer you to that page? It is Natural Arthritis Remedies.
I Recommend - Supplements for Joint Health
Supplements for joint health generally work best if you take them faithfully every day. It takes for your body to adapt, and for the supplements to be saturated in you enough to begin to work. Then you won't notice your joint pain any more. At least, that's what I've found, unless you give up the supplements or run out of them for 5 to 10 days. Gradually, your joint pain comes back, and you recall why you were taking those supplements in the first place.
You can find supplements for joint health in most well-stocked natural health stores, and even some drugstores. If you want to shop for them online, I can give you two affiliate links if you are in the USA.
HerbsPro: Joint and Bone Support Supplements
You can shop there if you live in Canada or other countries too, but the exchange rate and the shipping costs may scare you off. Just thought I should mention this.
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