Generalized knee pain can be caused by many problems, but here we will discuss knee pain from simple arthritis or a mild strain. Treatment centers around lessening the pain in the joint and spasm of the surrounding muscles. Then it is imperative to strengthen the muscles surround the knee including the quadriceps (front of thigh) hamstrings (back of upper leg), gastrocnemius/soleus group (calf) and the ilio-tibial band which comes diagonally across the thigh.
For painful muscle spasms surrounding the knee: this could be any muscle that is in spasm with “knots” or trigger points that are painful to the touch or directly over the knee joint
1. Start with heat or ice (your choice as described previously), twenty minutes for heat and 10-15 minutes for ice or cold pack
2. To break the muscle spasm use a mild topical warming gel like Sombra. Gently rub it into the muscle area concentrating on areas with painful knots or directly over and behind the knee joint itself. You’ll find it be soothing and not a harsh topical like some other brands.
3. Begin using the MedMassager body massager on a low setting for the first minute or two. Then slowly bring up the speed to the most comfortable setting or where it feels the best to you. If you are able, use a rhythmic motion which can be in circles or simply back and forth with mild to moderate pressure. I recommend not more than 15 minutes over one body part at a time.