Do you notice that your knees hurt more, and you hear a snap, crackle, pop sound when you get out of a chair or come back from a walk? Is your knee swollen and hard to bend?
You may have osteoarthritis. As you age, the cartilage at the end of the bones wears away and your bones rub against each other, which is be very painful.
Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Here are 4 ways to reduce knee pain in menopause:
Work with your doctor to find the best treatment plan for you. Depending on your pain levels, you may be able to take over the counter drugs such as Aleve, or Motrin. If the pain is not going away, cortisone injections into the knee joint can reduce pain and inflammation.
Low Impact Exercises
High-impact exercises such as jogging or playing tennis aggravate osteoarthritis symptoms, so switch to exercise that is easier on your joints. A recumbent stationary bike gives you a good workout as you can pedal from a sitting position.
Swimming is a good form of aerobic exercise. Since you’re gliding through the water there is less pressure on your knees. There are classes you can take, and it’s fun to do the pool exercises as a group.
A knee brace helps with stability and function, especially if your osteoarthritis is on the side of the knee. An unloader brace is lightweight and fits easily under clothing. It provides rapid pain relief and can be adjusted as needed.
Losing just 10% of your body weight puts less pressure on your knees and improves function. Consider maintaining your weight as a lifestyle change, so you can continue to keep your knees healthy.