Our Best Supplements For Joint Pain Relief

Our Best Supplements For Joint Pain Relief

Joint pain can make your favorite activities come to a grinding halt. And since there is no cure for arthritis, effectively managing the joint pain that comes with it can be costly, time-consuming, and disheartening.

Thankfully, there are natural ways you can relieve inflammation and pain in your joints: which will help you get back to the things you love, without medicinal fog and pharmaceutical side effects.

Tart Cherry Extract For Joint Pain

Tart cherries are a well-known natural remedy for arthritis and gout pain. Tart cherries naturally contain anthocyanins. These are the antioxidant compounds that give deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables, like tart cherries, their color. 

The antioxidant property of this extract can help to support your joints as they suffer from oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.

Most of us aren’t producing enough antioxidants, which can be damaging to our overall health long-term. A lack of antioxidants in the body allows free radical levels to rise unchecked - and as free radicals move through the body, they can damage virtually every cell they contact. This includes cell structures in joints, such as cartilage cells and matrix - free radicals can contribute to damage and inflammation in the muscles, bones, and tendons involved in joints, worsening pain.

Tart cherries can also alleviate joint pain in other ways as well! Gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis that affects the big toe joint. A 2014 study that tart cherry juice lowered levels of uric acid in study participants. 

High levels of uric acid is the culprit behind gout. One of the easiest and most natural ways to help manage the symptoms associated with gout is with tart cherry extract.

Meet Our New Joint Health Multi

Our new Joint Health Multi is a truly unique formulation that delivers powerful joint pain relief – without the harmful side effects and medicinal fog found in most other joint medications.

This proprietary formulation includes Turmeric (blocks inflammatory cytokines and enzymes, including those commonly targeted by NSAIDs.,) Ginger (controls inflammation,) Piperine (which enhances absorption), and PEA (natural pain reliever) for massively anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits.

The main benefit of turmeric for joint pain is its curcumin content. Curcumin is an active compound in turmeric responsible for most of its health benefits. Unfortunately, the spice you find in grocery stores doesn’t contain a high content of curcuminoids – the active compounds that include curcumin.

Our multi contains a high concentration (95%) of curcuminoids so you can experience the full benefits turmeric has to offer.

Tart Cherry Extract & Joint Health Multi: Better Together

For a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and pain-relieving boost, we recommend taking both our Tart Cherry Extract and Joint Health Multi.

You can take the Joint Health Multi at any point throughout the day – we recommend taking it with a meal. 

However, since Tart Cherry Extract naturally contains melatonin, we recommend taking this supplement at night.

When you follow up this supplement with the Joint Health Multi in the mornings, you will enjoy full-day support for joint pain and inflammation – so you can improve your mobility and get back to the things you love with less pain.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Tart Cherry Extract: A Simple Remedy For Better Joint Function

Tart Cherry Extract: A Simple Remedy For Better Joint Function

Tart cherries are commonly recommended to help alleviate pain associated with gout and arthritis. They also offer many other health benefits – ranging from better exercise performance and recovery, to a decrease in bad cholesterol.

Today, we’re going to discuss why it’s an ideal natural supplement for relieving pain in your joints and protecting them from future damage:

Tart Cherries Increase Antioxidant Capacity

Antioxidants are what your body uses to neutralize something called “free radicals.” During your body’s day-to-day processes, as it breaks down oxygen for energy, for example, free radicals are produced. Free radicals are molecules that have unpaired electrons.

As they move through the body, seeking new electron pairs, they can “steal” other cells of their electrons and cause cellular damage, inflammation, and more. This can impact your immune health, your brain health, and trigger inflammation in joint tissues as well.

Under ideal circumstances, your body naturally produces its own antioxidants to keep free radicals in check. But when your health is suffering, from lack of sleep, to stress, to bad habits like smoking and poor diet choices – it struggles to produce enough antioxidants to keep these free radicals in check.

Ideally, you want your body to produce enough of its own antioxidants to fight the damage life brings to your joints. But there is no harm in supplementing your antioxidant intake – particularly if you use a natural supplement like Tart Cherry Extract. 

Most of us do not and will never make enough antioxidants to actually cause a beneficial change in our oxidative stress. It is important to supplement.

Tart Cherry Reduces Swelling

A 2004 animal study found that tart cherry supplements helped reduce inflammation and pain responses – showing promise that it may be an effective method to reduce swelling in humans.

This makes tart cherry an excellent alternative to NSAIDs, which often have harmful side effects. When swelling is decreased, so is pain. This also helps your joints move with greater ease and range of motion.

A 2013 study showed that participants who had osteoarthritis of the knee that drank tart cherry juice for 6 weeks experienced less pain and greater mobility in the joint. 

The participants were also found to have improved cartilage health – which is a good sign that the longevity of their joint health was improved.

One of the best ways to take advantage of this natural anti-inflammatory is through taking a concentrated supplement. You would have to drink a lot of tart cherry juice to experience the full benefits – and that comes with a high amount of sugars as well. Our Tart Cherry Extract supplement includes one simple ingredient: 1500mg of tart cherry extract. This concentrated superfruit promotes joint health, pain relief, and oxidative support within the body.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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For Your Peace of Mind

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100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

5 Proven Health Benefits Of Turmeric

5 Proven Health Benefits Of Turmeric

Hi, Dr. Meredith Warner here –

All of my Well Theory products are developed with one goal in mind – helping you find safe, natural relief from pain, inflammation, stress, and more in the comfort of your own home. 

Many of the issues we experience in our day-to-day lives can be effectively managed with these products.

I have made it my mission to empower myself, my family and friends, my patients and you, my community, to find better wellness and better lives with convenient, healthy and natural methods.

1. The Active Ingredient In Turmeric, Curcumin

is a powerful + natural brain booster

Turmeric is packed with beneficial compounds called curcumenoids. The primary one, curcumin, has been shown to boost brain-derived neurotrophic factor and is linked to enhanced brain function – and a lower risk of brain diseases due to neuroinflammation and/or neurodegeneration.

Neurons are capable of forming new connections, and in certain parts of the brain can also increase in number. The main driver behind this rejuvenation of the mind is brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). 

Think of BDNF as a type of growth hormone that speeds along the process of forming new neurons in your brain. It is actually a gene that encodes for the production of a protein called neurotrophic factor. This then leads to nerve growth, regeneration and restoration.

When you have decreased levels of this substance, you may experience brain diseases such as depression and enhanced risk of Alzheimer’s.

Curcumin has been shown to increase levels of this gene and its protein. This makes it a powerful addition to your daily wellness routine - it can help boost your brain function and help protect you from neurodegenerative diseases.

This means a simple supplement will help you to feel better, have less pain and protect your brain! Your family and friends will love that!

2. Turmeric Is Powerfully Antioxidant

Oxidative stress is a silent cause of many common health concerns – and may contribute to premature aging and many “lifestyle” diseases, such as poor cardiovascular function and diabetes. 

Think of wrinkles; these are external signals of oxidative stress in the body. Wrinkles are a clue as to what is happening under your skin. Oxidative stress if very bad and needs to be managed as much as possible.

Your body naturally produces “free radicals,” which are reactive molecules that have unpaired electrons, as it creates energy and goes through its natural processes.

It also produces antioxidants, which bind to and clear out harmful free radicals.

But when your health lags, you may not be producing enough antioxidants to keep harmful free radicals in check – and as the free radicals in your body “search” for electrons, they can damage virtually every cell in your body.

Even healthy people have an imbalance of oxidation, oxidative stress, free radicals and antioxidants. This is because our lives are steeped in damaging foods, pollution, environmental toxins and stress. 

There is simply no way to produce enough antioxidants to effectively combat the oxidative stress created by modern life.

Read More: 5 Things To Know About Oxidative Stress & Free Radicals

These free radicals can negatively interact with fatty acids, proteins, and DNA within your body, wreaking havoc and causing many health issues like prolonged inflammation, restlessness, etc.

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant that assists your body in neutralizing free radicals. In addition, it also boosts your body’s production of its own antioxidants. By taking curcumin you help your body to exist safely and with wellness in your modern life.

3. Turmeric May Lower Your Risk Of Heart Disease

Heart disease is now one of the main causes of death in the world – and it is especially common in our country. There is no single cause behind heart disease – possible causes range from weight gain, to genetics, to lifestyle habits. 

What we do know is that there are ways to lessen your risk – and increasing your turmeric (curcumin) intake may help to lower your risk of heart disease.

The main benefit of turmeric – and its main, active compound, curcumin – when it comes to lessening your risk of heart disease is from to its ability to improve the health of your blood vessels. 

The lining of your blood vessels is called “endothelium.” It’s well known that a dysfunction in your endothelium is a major cause of heart disease. The lining of your blood vessels is what regulates your blood pressure, blood clotting, and more.

Curcumin is also highly antioxidant, which can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. These are both factors that play a role in heart disease as well.

4. Curcumin Supplementation May Help Arthritis Patients

There are many types of arthritis – most of which are caused by an increase of inflammation in the joints. Curcumin is powerfully anti-inflammatory, which makes it an excellent addition to your arthritis prevention and management routine.

In one study with people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug in relieving pain and inflammation.

5. May Help Delay Aging

and ward off age-related diseases

If curcumin has benefits that help reduce arthritic pain, enhance brain health, and assist in preventing heart disease – then that logically makes it a powerful anti-aging supplement.

Since oxidative stress and prolonged inflammation play a role in premature aging, turmeric – and its curcumin content – provide a powerful natural defense against the ravages of aging. 

It is possible to age well and to have a vital and highly functional older age – curcumin can help you do this!

Turmeric alone doesn’t contain a large amount of curcumin – but our Joint Health Multi, with a curcuminoid content of 95%, does. This multi does more than just protect your joints – it’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can help boost your body’s defenses against age-related diseases.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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For Your Peace of Mind

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100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

Product Highlight: Our Joint Health Multi

Product Highlight: Our Joint Health Multi

Joint pain and stiffness can put a huge damper on your day, and we know that’s a bit of an understatement.

Pain, swelling, and stiffness in your joints can drain your energy and take away your ability to follow through with daily tasks, let alone enjoy your day-to-day.

Don’t lose hope. Well Theory is here with a solution.

Say hello to our newest multivitamin in the Well Theory family –

Our Joint Health Multivitamin.

Why Are Your Joints Important?

but where do you start?

A joint is a location where two or more bones meet. These are found all over your body, from your wrists and fingers to your knees and toes. A joint is an articulation and allows for motion. This motion allows for function. If the motion is limited, there are problems.

Your joints allow for smooth, comfortable bending and general movement. This movement requires smooth and healthy cartilage, healthy ligaments and strong and functional muscles with muscle-tendon-units. 

When a joint is weak or damaged, this can cause movement to be painful and stiff. This leads to dysfunctional movements and poor day-to-day performance.

Many conditions can affect the health of your joints, including inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Unhealthy lifestyles create similar results, which is just one more reason why healthy eating and exercising habits are important. The general oxidative stress we encounter from diet, stress, work, pollution and environmental toxins will cause joint damage and lead to pain and stiffness. Aging is simply an accumulation of said damage.

The way you exercise and recover following your workout can also play a large part in the way your tissues and joints feel. Even the amount of sleep you get each day can impact your overall health and inflammation levels – including inflammation levels in your joints.

Read More: Warning Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

Promote Joint Health With Our Joint Health Multi!

Dr. Meredith Warner’s newest multivitamin is here to help you take care of your joints.

Here’s what you’ll find inside each capsule:

Turmeric Root Extract

Turmeric is a spice that has been used for thousands of years in both medicine and cooking. It is known for being strongly anti-inflammatory due to curcumin, one of the active ingredients of this root. Turmeric and curcumin increase your body’s antioxidant capacity which helps to fight off free radicals, oxidative stress, and inflammation. This ingredient can help to drastically alleviate arthritis pain by lessening swelling and inflammation in your joints! Curcumin and curcuminoids are beneficial for your gut biome and this too leads to better health.

Ginger Root Extract

Ginger, like turmeric, has been used regularly for its delicious flavor and its wonderful health benefits. Gingerol is a natural phytochemical that comes from this root. This ingredient is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which helps to fight joint pain and stiffness. It is also effective for fighting off bacteria and infection. Ginger has been proven to be effective in studies of arthritis and pain.

Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA)

PEA is an essential ingredient when it comes to promoting the health of connective tissues, nerve health and immune function. PEA is well known to assist with pain and inflammation reduction. This is a plant-based supplement that also occurs naturally in the human body. PEA binds cells to help muscles, joints, bones, and tendons recover from stress and damage while imparting powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. This fatty acid amide is an essential component of a balanced inflammatory system.

Piperine

Piperine is an alkaloid, or chemical compound, found in black pepper. This alkaloid gives pepper its noteworthy peppery kick when used in various dishes. Like our other ingredients, piperine is known for fighting inflammation and being rich in antioxidants. This works within the body to help alleviate pain, fight off the effects of damaging free radicals, and lower inflammation levels. Also, piperine promotes better absorption of the other ingredients in this multivitamin complex so that you can get the fastest, most effective results possible.

These ingredients work together within the body to help alleviate joint pain while also promoting your overall wellness!

These natural ingredients are specifically selected and combined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, the founder of The Healing Sole and Well Theory, to offer you the best relief possible.

Ready to try our newest formula and erase pain, soreness, and inflammation in your joints? Then order our Joint Health Multivitamin today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

[Webinar] Natural Solutions To Relieve Knee Arthritis

[Webinar] Natural Solutions For Knee Arthritis

In this webinar hosted by Dr. Meredith Warner’s clinic, Warner Orthopedics & Wellness, Dr. Warner shared the common causes of knee arthritis.

She also discussed what causes the joint to degenerate and become painful, as well as what you might be doing that is inadvertently making matters worse.

She went on to discuss PRP Therapy injections and how they can be used to help you find powerful, effective relief from joint pain by utilizing your very own platelet-rich plasma! Dr. Warner believes in natural, regenerative therapies like PRP, which is why she offers those injections in her clinic.

More Natural Solutions

for relieving arthritis

You don’t have to let joint pain take control of your life. There are effective, natural solutions you can utilize today to relieve your joint pain, improve your mobility, and get back to the activities you love.

Read More: How Tart Cherries Help Fight Arthritis

Our goal at Well Theory is to help you to find the most effective methods of relief for your needs to help improve your overall quality of life. In her years of clinical practice as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Warner has discovered and utilized a vast array of natural remedies for helping her patients adapt to a live with arthritis. 

While there is no cure for arthritis, your symptoms do not have to limit your way of life. Try out our Tart Cherry Extract supplement for natural relief from the pain & inflammation of arthritis – without heavy medicinal fog.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

7 Easy Ways to Improve Joint Health

7 Easy Ways to Improve Joint Health

Habits to Improve Joint Function

easily & at home

Joint pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints of U.S. adults who seek out the care of an orthopedic doctor. Joint discomfort can affect a person’s quality of life by preventing them from performing even the most basic tasks – such as walking, using their hands and arms to write, play sports, or pick up light objects such as groceries. 

Joint pain is something that typically gets worse if left untreated, so if you are experiencing joint pain, you should seek out the care of a physician before it gets any worse.

If your pain is slight, or you want to improve joint function before you begin experiencing pain, you can try these 7 at-home tips & tricks to naturally promote joint health:

1. Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods.

At the root of joint pain is inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to trauma, but sometimes, your body can over-produce inflammation and do more harm than good. Flavonoids, the phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in most fruits and vegetables, are thought to be naturally anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

2. Avoid Inflammatory Foods.

Try to avoid overly processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. Simple carbohydrates, like processed breads, and desserts like cake, cookies, and ice cream should be eaten in limited portions if at all. These foods can lead to increased inflammation, which could be contributing to your joint pain.

Caffeine can also contribute to inflammation – so cut back on your coffee habit and replace soda with water. To start your morning, try naturally decaffeinated teas, or warm water with lemon and other fresh fruit. Your joints will thank you!

The time to start a supplement regimen is now

but where do you start?

3. Supplement Your Diet

It’s difficult to know which supplements you should take – and which supplements are ideal for improved joint health. Taking Vitamin D with Calcium, for example, increases the absorption rate of Calcium – which is a great supplement for improving bone health. 

Try to get out in the sun every day to naturally absorb Vitamin D and exercise, but a vitamin supplement is still a great way to make sure your body is getting all of its nutritional needs.

Dr. Warner designed an anti-inflammatory, whole body-optimizing multivitamin to take the guesswork out of taking supplements. Our CBD Multivitamin features carefully selected, high potency and bioavailable ingredients that support key areas of your health.

When you are able and under the guidance of a physician, you can also try weight or resistance band exercises to improve your muscle tone further. Even if yoga isn’t central to your joint-strengthening regimen, it’s important to stretch! Flexibility is key to maintaining joint health and relieving any soreness or stiffness that may occur after exercise.

Stretch before and after exercise to prevent muscle tightening and shortening that can put damaging strain on your joints. Even on your "off" days when you do not exercise, incorporating a stretching routine into your daily life is a simple yet effective way of improving joint function.

Focus on overall physical health

to improve the health of your joints

5. Improve Flexibility.

Increased flexibility is the goal of a focused stretching routine. Stretching will help you increase your flexibility, which will improve your joints’ range of motion. A smaller range of motion makes it difficult for your joints to move – which can lead to damage.

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Stretching exercises, such as yoga, floor bridges, sitting toe touches, heel raises and more, are excellent and simple ways of improving flexibility. Consult with a physical therapist for even more insight on which areas of your body could benefit from increased flexibility.

6. Reach Your Weight Goals.

Consult with your physician to find out what the ideal weight should be for your height and body type. If you could stand to lose a few, those extra pounds are likely putting damaging pressure on your joints – especially your knees, ankles, and hips.

If you need to diet, focus more on what you’re replacing heavy portions and processed foods with, instead of simply cutting back. For example, trade mashed potatoes for a large bowl of broccoli. Pick wholesome, plant-heavy meals that also reduce inflammation while providing essential nutrients. You can visit our Herbal Kitchen, where we share healthy, easy recipes that include information about the nutrients in the foods you’re making, for healthy meal ideas!

Don't Neglect Your Mental Health

reducing mental stress also reduces physical stress

7. Prioritize Mental Health.

Anxiety can affect your physical body in more ways than one. It can, for example, make you grind your teeth at night – and then you wake up with a painful, stiff jaw. Make sure to carve out time for relaxation. Take your full lunch break at work. Try to sit down for every meal instead of eating on the go. Shut off screens two hours before bedtime so you have a better chance of falling asleep quickly, and getting an adequate amount of sleep.

For best results, start with one self-care routine and commit to practicing it every day for a month. By the end of the month, it’ll be a habitual part of your daily routine!

Commit to Your Long-Term Health

and healthy joints will follow

In short, there are just a few things you need to do to improve your joint health. Commit to improving your physical, mental, and emotional health. Most of us know intuitively how much and what kinds of foods we should be eating, when we’re stressed, and when we need to exercise.

Exercise regularly to improve muscle tone and reduce stress. Get the right amount of sleep and try to achieve attainable, realistic weight loss goals to improve your physical health and put less stress on your body. Eat healthy foods and avoid inflammatory foods to reduce bodily inflammation.

When forming these new habits, start slow and don’t try to do them all at once. Take all the time you need to make sure they stick, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

5 Most Common Causes of Knee Pain

5 Most Common Causes of Knee Pain

5 Most Common Causes

of knee pain

Knee pain can be unbearable but can be even more frustrating if you don’t understand what is causing or why it’s not getting better. Unfortunately, most pain related to your knees gets worse over time. What can start out as stiffness or aches can, if left untreated, turn into a problem that can only be fixed with surgery. Sometimes, icing or over-the-counter medications may help. Other times, therapy or braces may be needed.

Recovery is determined by the condition and its severity. However, the first step in recovery is understanding what’s causing your pain in the first place.

1. Meniscal tears

The sturdy and flexible, hard tissue that covers the ends of our bones is known as cartilage. Knee cartilage is supported by two menisci (semicircular cushions of collagen between the cartilage surfaces): the medial and the lateral meniscus. This information is essential because this is where most “tears” take place within the knee.

A meniscal tear is about as painful as it sounds – causing the torn edged to get stuck in the joint, creating a “catching” sensation in joint. Meniscal tears cause swelling and can sometimes lock the knee.

2. Arthritis

One of the most common causes of knee pain and disability is arthritis. As a general inflammatory condition, arthritis is split into three common types when it comes to knee pain: rheumatoid, post-traumatic, and osteoarthritis. While these all differ based on how they’re caused and what they affect, the most common of the three is osteoarthritis, which is the continual wear-and-tear of cartilage in the knee joint.

Osteoarthritis has a strong genetic component. Most frequently seen in older individuals, osteoarthritis can cause limited range of motion, tenderness, and weakness in the knees. No matter what form of arthritis is present, they all share the common characteristic of stiffness and swelling, making it hard to bend the knee.

There is no cure for osteoarthritis at this time; however, there are several treatment options available to treat the symptoms.

3. Ligament injuries

Ligaments connect the thigh bone (femur) to our lower leg bones (tibia). Ligaments hold our bones together and keep them stable. Most common in sports injuries, ligament sprains and tears can occur in the medial collateral ligament (MCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This type of injury can create severe pain and is characterized by the swelling and instability that these injuries cause. These injuries often need bracing and therapy and may require therapy.

Read our blog, 4 Reasons You Get Knee Pain While Running, to find out what may be causing your knee pain if you think it’s exercise-related.

4. Inflammation

Inflammation of the knee can become a problem for most as it is often the result or cause of other conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, injuries, tears, etc. Inflammation can affect tendons, ligaments, cartilage, muscles and much more. While the pain you experience from inflammation can vary from mild to severe, you should always make sure to treat it before it gets worse.

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Chronic inflammation can often lead to more damage, increased pain, and a loss of cartilage. With inflammation, the body produces proteins and chemicals that promote swelling and pain.

5. Patellar fractures

The kneecap acts as a protector to the knee, so a break within it is often caused by a fall onto the knee or against the dashboard during a vehicle collision of some kind. For those whose bones are weakened from osteoporosis, a fracture can occur by just misstepping, making it difficult or impossible to walk and straighten the knee. The patella increases the efficiency of the quadricep muscles and is often under a lot of stress. There are many other fractures of the knee possible as well.

Unless it’s a dislocation or fracture, the causes of knee pain may all seem the same to you. It’s difficult to honestly know what your condition is without seeing a professional. Don’t try and self-diagnose, or sweep the issue away, as untreated knee pain can only get worse over time. Contact a specialist today if you’re experiencing any knee pain or discomfort and so that you can start moving toward recovery.

 

Our Bone & Joint Health Multi is a great option for steadily improving joint health + function every day. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner designed this multi based on what she recommends for her patients with musculoskeletal conditions – especially those who are considering surgery – so they can recover, faster. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation