Knee Joint Pain is a
Warning Sign for Arthritis

Knee joint pain is one of the warning signs for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. If not treated, both forms of arthritis can lead to disability. To avoid drug side effects from the potential of lifetime care, millions of patients prefer the safety of natural pain relief supplements.

There is no cure for arthritis. Only a medical doctor can diagnose the disease and identify the type of arthritis. The early treatment goal is to minimize pain and try to slow progression of the disease. Daily knee joint pain frustrates people of all genders and ethnicity.

In America, 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. In 2018, the Arthritis Foundation estimates 91 million U.S. adults have arthritis when counting those whose pain is not yet severe enough to have seen a doctor for diagnosis.

Usually, knee arthritis comes on slowly. In fact, only one-third of people whose x-rays show evidence of osteoarthritis report pain or other symptoms. Often pain symptoms of arthritis are not noticed as much until age 45 and older.

Knee joint pain (often accompanied by knee swelling) can range from a dull ache to fairly intense. When it's a hot pain or inflammation and occurs in both knees simultaneously, a form of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be suspected.

Knee joint warning signs of osteoarthritis

Knee joint pain accompanied by the following symptoms may be a sign of osteoarthritis of the knee:

  1. Steady or intermittent pain in a knee joint, especially upon movement.
  2. A swollen, puffy knee indicating fluid retention.
  3. Knee stiffness after getting up in the morning, or after driving or sitting for a long time.
  4. Pain and difficulty when going up and down stairs.
  5. Knee locking, buckling, or catching. A crunching feeling, or the clicking sound of bone rubbing on bone.
  6. Knee joint pain at the site of a previous trauma.

Knee joint pain warning signs of rheumatoid arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can begin suddenly, but they usually appear gradually. RA can appear in any joint, but it most commonly begins in the smaller joints of the fingers, hands, wrist and toes.

Joint involvement is usually symmetrical, meaning that if a joint hurts on the left hand, the same joint will hurt on the right hand. The pain "feels hot". In general, more joint erosion indicates more severe disease activity.

Other knee joint pain symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include:

  1. Fatigue and weakness
  2. Stiffness in the morning or when sitting for long periods (the longer morning stiffness lasts, the more active your disease may be)
  3. Flu-like symptoms, including a low-grade fever
  4. Pain associated with prolonged sitting
  5. The occurrence of flares of disease activity followed by remission or disease inactivity
  6. Muscle pain
  7. Loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, anemia, cold and/or sweaty hands and feet
  8. Involvement of the glands around the eyes and mouth, causing decreased production of tears and saliva (Sjogren’s syndrome)

Damage to cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bone, which causes deformity and instability in the joints are advanced changes to appear in RA.

Typical drug treatment for knee joint pain

Pharmaceutical drugs are typically prescribed for relief of knee joint pain. Most doctors will prescribe an over-the-counter drug as the initial treatment. Many physicians prefer acetaminophen (Tylenol), because it is easy on the stomach. Clinical studies have demonstrated it is often ineffective for knee joint pain, especially when the level of pain is moderate to severe.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may also be prescribed as medication to reduce pain and inflammation of the knee joint. This category of drugs can include aspirin, or ibuprofen or naproxen available in over-the-counter preparations. Each of these drugs has potential side effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding and ulcers.

Nonetheless, these pain relievers are usually the first choice of drug therapy for knee joint pain caused by arthritis or overuse. Prescription drugs, such as Celebrex, may also be prescribed for moderate to severe pain.

2016 study: 62.5 percent of arthritis patients use dietary supplements

Research shows increasing numbers of patients who have arthritis conditions choose natural pain management when conventional drug therapies are of concern or have not provided acceptable results.

One 2016 study, using a nationally-represented sample of 4,606 participants in the 2011-2012 National Health and Nutrition examination Survey (NHANES), showed that 62.5 percent of adults with arthritis reported taking at least one dietary supplement within the past 30 days. This compared to 49.0 percent of adults without arthritis who used supplements.

Among 721 participants with arthritis that were taking at least one supplement, 15.1 percent indicated at least one of their supplements was 'for healthy joints, arthritis', compared to only 7.7 percent of participants without arthritis Glucosamine and/or chondroitin were the most common types of supplements used to improve joint health in arthritis.

Study conclusions: Given that roughly three out of five individuals with arthritis regularly use dietary supplements, health practitioners should be prepared to discuss potential benefits and risks of supplementation for the management of pain and function in arthritis. The research, Dietary Supplementation is More Prevalent Among Adults With Arthritis in the United States, was authored by Patrick Wilson and published December 2016 in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

Natural dietary supplement treatment for knee joint pain without harmful side effects

If your knee joint pain is moderate to severe and you’re worried about health risks from long-term use pf pharmaceutical painkillers, you may want to try the natural dietary supplement, glucsoamine hydrochloride, according to a 2006 government-funded study. Pain relief will be similar to the use of the drug, Celebrex, but without its harmful side effects.

The Glucosamine/chondroitin Arthritis Intervention (GAIT) study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in February, 2006, suggested that glucosamine hydrochloride (HCL) and chondroitin sulfate provide significant pain relief for people with moderate to severe pain from knee osteoarthritis. The study was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

How to find the best glucosamine supplement company for knee joint pain

You may know from other pages on this site that my husband and I both have osteoarthritis. Mine is neck arthritis. My husband had severe knee joint pain from trauma-caused osteoarthritis in both knees. He had total knee replacements in 2015 and 2016, but had managed to play tennis for sixteen years by managing pain and swelling with natural supplements.  To help me find the best dietary supplement products, I first prepared a list of 30 questions to measure the standards of excellence in different supplement manufacturers.

The answers led me to one company so different from its competitors that it stood head and shoulders above the field.  Founded in 1956, the science behind each of their products is second to none.

They've invested more than $250 million in clinical testing, research and development and have over 135 published studies--100 of which in peer-reviewed scientific journals--more than any other nutritional company!  They have a 'beyond organic' manufacturing philosophy that absolutely guarantees purity.

This company voluntarily operates as if it were regulated the same as a pharmaceutical company, which I think is a testament to its integrity. They clinically test and prove the efficacy of their products, which is not required of the dietary supplement industry.

In 2003, they introduced a natural pain relief program consisting of three natural products (two oral dietary supplements and one topical pain relief cream). We haven't found anything of better quality anywhere for our neck, knee and shoulder pain relief.

In August, 2008 they introduced an anti-aging supplement that promotes joint health.

Joint pain relief achieved totally naturally

My husband's regimen for many years for control of sharp knee joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and aching was the over-the-counter drugs ibuprofen (Advil) and sometimes acetaminophen (Tylenol).

He had osteoarthritis for many years from injuries occurring as early as age 25. In 1999, he had arthroscopic meniscus cartilage surgery on his left knee. Just prior to his surgery and for four years thereafter, I have seen his swollen knee symptoms so severe that he could barely get in and out of the car. He had problems getting up and down stairs and extreme knee stiffness after prolonged sitting.

At the time of his left knee meniscus surgery, his doctor talked about the possibility of knee replacement in the not-too-distant future.

After he began in earnest using the pain trio of products introduced by the same company we trust for nutritional supplements, he gradually experienced remarkable improvement. He was able to continue playing tennis until another knee injury required total knee replacement in November, 2015, followed by a second replacement 3 months later. By June, he was back to playing tennis three/four times a week, without painkillers.

His knee joint pain relief was achieved totally naturally from 2003 until 2015.

His issue now is right shoulder osteoarthritis, which he manages with the same natural products. He is back to playing tennis three and four times a week with no drug therapy whatsoever.

Four featured knee joint pain relief supplements

His previous knee joint pain program and current right shoulder osteoarthritis self care consists of the following natural supplements (click the bold links for no obligation product information/prices and the unbolded ingredient links for the natural ingredient background information):

  1. A Joint Health Blend. Builds cartilage and promotes flexibility. A combination of glucosamine hydrochloride and clinically-proven boswellia provides fast knee joint pain relief in as little as one week (dietary supplement).
  2. Pain relief tablets. A combination of patent-pending safflower extract and boswellia provides knee joint pain relief and other overworked joints naturally (dietary supplement).
  3. Pain relief cream. A remarkably deep-penetrating combination of natural plant extracts with pain-relieving cool menthol for relief of pain associated with arthritis, backache, bruises, sprains and knee joint pain with relief for up to four hours (analgesic).
  4. Joint health anti aging supplement. Introduced in August, 2008 this multiple patented resveratrol and muscadine based liquid anti-aging supplement that fights the diseases of aging at the cellular level, including supporting joint health, heart and cardiovascular health, immune function, while promoting cellular longevity, energy, good health and overall well-being (dietary supplement).

You may want to try one or more of these completely natural supplements in an effort to get away from potentially harmful drugs for knee joint pain. I highly recommend them from personal experience.

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