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Electric Heat Pack For Knee Pain

Most of us had experienced knee pains or pain in the knee at least once in our lives. It is a really common problem, and for many, knee pain, stiffness and weakness is a daily struggle.

How intense, how long the pain/stiffness, how frequent the pain symptoms, it all depends on:

  • the exact diagnosis
  • the severity (mild, moderate or severe)
  • the age of the patient
  • how active or mobile the patient is
  • pain threshold
  • etc

What Causes Knee Pain?

First of all, what causes knee pains? There are so many variable and potential causes such as:

  • traumatic and direct injuries
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • structural abnomalities eg leg-limb-length discrepancy or poor/non-healing post injury or fracture
  • medical conditions
  • obesity
  • poor muscle strength
  • poor joint flexibility
  • age
  • etc

Generally speaking, knee pain falls into two categories:

  • acute (sudden)
  • chronic (long term)

Acute is usually caused by accidents eg car accidents, falling down, being hit by an object etc. It usually also resolves in a short period of time.

Chronic knee pain is an entirely different, and is usually caused by a combination of problems such as

  • overweight
  • sedentary
  • overuse
  • medical conditions

Chronic knee pain often take a much longer time to resolve, tends to be more recurrent and persistent, and can be constant or knee pain that come and go.

Common Home Remedies for Knee Pain

Here are some DIY/self/home remedies that you can do to help reduce your knee pain:

  1. Rest your knee as often as you can. Rest is very important for any kinds of injuries or pains, and avoid stressing your painful knee.

  2. Wear a knee support or knee guard to provide external support. However, please get a prescribed one from a physiotherapist or a doctor who can help advise, choose and show you how to wear it properly and how long to wear it for.

  3. Elevate your knee. Oftentimes knee pain is caused by swelling in the knee, so when you are resting in sitting or lying down, try to elevate your knee with a bed wedge, or pillows - that helps to decrease any swelling and swelling-related pain.

  4. You can use an elbow/armpit crutch or can to offload your knee.

  5. You can use an electrical heat pack or soak your knee in warm water as long as the injury isn't acute (ie not within the first 48 hours).

  6. Retrograde massage is another great technique to direct swelling away from the injured knee and to improve blood flow to accelerate healing.

  7. If you are overweight, then try/aim to lose the excess weight by following a healthy balanced diet, as obesity is one of the causes of knee pain (increased weight = increased load/stress on the knee).

  8. Onions, red grapes and apples are rich in flavonoid, Quercetin, which is beneficial in relieving knee pain.

  9. You can consider knee pain supplement such as Not Just Joints from New Zealand to naturally decrease pain.

  10. Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with some honey in warm water and drink 1-2 times a day for knee pain relief.

  11. Gentle stretches for the knee can be done under the supervision of a physician or physiotherapist.

  12. Avoid high impact or high risk activities such as running, jumping. Gentle exercises such as swimming can be considered.

  13. Smokers need to stop smoking as smoking delays the healing process.

  14. Wear right-fitting shoes and avoid wearing high heels as they heavily loads the knees, hips and back. See a podiatrist to see if you need insoles for your shoes and a physiotherapist for your walking/running gait.

  15. Jog, walk or run on even surfaces as and when you can, avoiding uneven or hard surfaces or downhill running.

  16. Whenever possible and medically sound, you can do stretching and strengthening for the knee under medical and/or physiotherapy supervision.

  17. Consider taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen to alleviate pain, inflammation and swelling but use under medical supervision.

Caution: The above mentioned remedies or measures can be done for relief from knee pain, but they are not a substitute for actual treatment and persistent knee pain should not be ignored and medical consultation should not be delayed in such cases.

why heat therapy for Knee pain

  • Heat therapy vasodilates (expands) the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the knee. What this does is it increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, helping to heal the damaged tissue.

  • Heat therapy stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which means that applying heat to the knee will decrease transmissions of pain signals to the brain and partially relieve the discomfort.

  • Heat application facilitates the softening and stretching of the soft tissues around the knee, including muscles, connective tissue, and any adhesions. That's why with heat therapy, there will be a decrease in stiffness as well as injury, with an increase in flexibility and overall feeling of comfort.

There are several other significant benefits of heat therapy that make it so appealing.

Compared to most other forms of treatments and therapies for knee pain, heat therapy is quite inexpensive (our electrical heat pack is SGD 65 and can be used over and over for 1-2 years minimum.

Heat therapy is also so so so easy to do - just plug it in, switch it on and either

  • place it behind your back and lean against it when you sit at work or read
  • place it under your back when you lie down to rest or sleep

Relative to most medical treatments available, heat therapy is appealing to many people because it is a non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical form of lower back pain relief.

how to use our electrical heat packs for your back pain

For knee pain, it's really simple, plug it in and place it under your knee, or better still, wrap around your knee when you lie down to rest or sleep.

Why our Bremed BD7800 works so well as an electric heat pack (can read more of their benefits and applications here and why I recommend it since 2012 as a clinician) is because the most effective heat therapy products are ones that can maintain their heat at the desired and proper temperature.

And our electrical heat packs provide ongoing heat, which means that you can sleep on it or place it at your back at work or whilst you read without having to keep re-switching it on to heat it up. It's not too hot to burn but hot enough for the heat to penetrate into the muscles and joints of your knee.

Why our patients come back again and again to buy more is because it's warmer than the competitors and the heat is consistent.

Of course, in many instances, the longer the heat applied, the better it is. We recommend between 30 minutes to 2 hours or longer (I usually lean against it in my chair for most of the day when I'm seated, or go to bed with it).



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