Aching in knee joints is a common complaint affecting all age groups. Knee pain can be caused by variety of factors including sudden injury, overuse injury, an underlying condition such as arthritis, infection, dislocated kneecap and tendonitis, degeneration, inflammation, etc.
Few of the common symptoms of Knee Pain are:
- Unbearable pain in joints
- Tenderness and (or) stiffness
- Locking and sometimes an effusion.
- Weak muscle strength
- Exertion from physical activity
Ayurveda categorises joint problems into two types:
- Poorly-nourished joints or low bone density and overall weakness in the joints.
- A toxic overload in the joints (Ama gets accumulated in the joint and makes the joint stiff and heavy)
Ayurveda sees the initial stages of inflammatory conditions as associated with toxicity. Detoxification measures such as Panchakarma are therefore recommended. Also recommended based on the individual’s diagnosis are Abhyangam, Podikkizhi, Elakkaizhi, Njavarakkizhi and a variety of Vasthis. Addressing degenerative skeleto-muscular conditions are important in Ayurveda and therefore a holistic approach to treatment comprising of diet, lifestyle, herbal medicines and therapies are often prescribed.