Alternative Therapy for Knee Pain

The wear and tear of the knee joint due to aging leads to knee pain. Other causes for pain in the knees include fractures, ligament injuries, dislocation of the knee joint, arthritis, lupus, and other ailments that cause pain and stiffness of the knee joint.

You should consult a doctor for treatment of your knee pain. However, along with medical advice, you can try some alternative therapy for knee pain. These remedies are useful in controlling mild to moderate pain. 

Let us have a look at these alternative treatments.

Cold Compress

Many of you may have tried heat compress to help the blood vessels expand and allow blood flow. But, did you know a cold compress is a better idea to help painful knees? A cold compress helps constrict the blood vessels and reduces the blood flow to the affected area. Thus, helping in reducing the swelling and pain. You can get frozen packs from the market to use as a cold compress. If you don’t have one, you can take a handful of ice cubes in a thin towel and apply it to the affected knee(s) for 10 to 20 minutes. 


You may have heard of this ancient Chinese therapy where the poke needles at specific points to help relieve pain. Acupuncture has reportedly lead to 40% less pain in patients suffering from knee pain than those who did not try it. However, make sure the needles are sterile and used from a disposable seal pack. Make the therapist clean your knee with alcohol to make the area sterile before beginning the procedure.


Therapy includes the use of magnets or electromagnets. These magnets are said to generate magnetic fields that can be pulsed or turned on and off rapidly. This therapy is not curative, and research has not found its effectiveness.

Shiatsu Massage

Massage is one of the most common therapies people try for any pain. Shiatsu massage is a particular type of massage where rhythmic and varying pressure is applied to the body. This helps in improving the way the muscles function and reduces pain. However, this therapy is not a commonly used therapy for knee pain

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is another useful alternative therapy for knee pain. The physical therapist will help teach you exercise techniques according to your ability. You can even try occupational therapy wherein the expert will show you methods to reduce strain on your knees.


Chiropractic therapy helps treat the muscle spasms that are painful and do not let us sleep peacefully. With chiropractic manipulation, the muscle spasms are reduced and thus easing the pain to some extent.

The above alternative therapy for knee pain will help you control the pain and ease the movement of a stiff knee joint. However, these therapies are not curative and rather a form of pain management. You should consult a doctor and seek medical advice for the treatment of knee pain.

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