Opioid and prescription medicine addiction is an epidemic. Many find themselves addicted to the drugs that were supposed to give them relief after surgeries like knee replacement.
Here are natural ways to help reduce your post-operation knee pain without the use of pain killers.
Ice for Swelling
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, swelling is normal for the first 3 – 6 months post-surgery. Ice packs reduce swelling and inflammation in your knee joint and the surrounding tissue.
It’s highly recommended that you use ice packs 3 – 4 times a day in 20-minute increments.
Elevating Your Leg
Another tip to help swelling is to elevate the leg that was operated on for 1 – 2 hours. Elevating your leg can also help with bruising. Bruising is very normal after surgery and lasts 1 – 2 weeks after surgery.
We recommend a stiff pillow or rolled towels as an elevation tool.
Compression socks aren’t just for varicose pains. You may have been recommended them not only because they relieve pain, but because they reduce the risk of blood clots. It’s normal to wear these socks for up to 6 weeks after your knee replacement.
Creams and Massages
Creams with capsaicin, menthol, and salicylates can bring you much needed pain relief.
You can choose to massage the cream into your skin. Move your thumbs in small circles around the knee joint. Be careful to not apply any pressure directly on the knee. Keep your leg as relaxed as possible.
Ongoing Knee Pain
If you’re still suffering from ongoing pain due to a past knee surgery, it’s time to see a doctor. At Pain Stop Clinics, our experts are dedicated to providing you natural and drug-free pain management methods that work. Read our blogs on knee pain management and request an appointment today.