knee pain and sciatica

Is There a Connection Between Knee Pain and Sciatica?

For years, Mary, a sales manager and mother of two, has been suffering from sciatica. Recently, she has also started to experience knee pain as well. The expansion of Mary’s pain symptoms is stressful and frustrating. She wonders if there is an underlying cause, linking the two health issues, that can be addressed.

“Mary” is a fictitious person, but this story describes the situation in which many people find themselves. This article explores potential points of connection for anyone who is suffering from these two health challenges, along with at-home knee treatment advice.

How knee pain and sciatica may be connected

Sciatica (technically a symptom and not a condition in its own right) describes pain, pins-and-needles, or lack of feeling in the legs caused by damage or pressure to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve extends from your toes all the way up to your lower back. Because this critical nerve travels through the back of your knee and controls the muscles in that area, problems with it (resulting in sciatica) often lead to knee pain.

Knee pain statistics & self-assessment

If you are experiencing knee pain, you are certainly not alone. Among adult American chronic pain patients, 1 in 5 (19.5 percent) report knee pain, making it the second most common pain condition to low back pain (28.1%).

To consider treatment, first, assess your pain’s severity. At-home strategies are often effective for mild to moderate joint pain. However, moderate to severe cases may require the care and expertise of medical professionals (see “Getting help” below).

Knee injury treatments

If your knee has been strained or sprained, the standard recommendation for immediate treatment is RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation).

Note that the components of RICE work as an integrated strategy. Rest so your knee has time to heal. Apply ice, a cold compress, or even a bag of frozen vegetables to bring down the inflammation. By wrapping the joint in a compression bandage, being careful that it is loose to maintain healthy circulation, you can also reduce the inflammation that may stimulate nerves and lead to pain. While you don’t want to cut off circulation with compression, it is helpful to elevate the injury so that less blood enters the region – lowering pain and swelling.

Natural dietary supplements for chronic knee pain

One of the most common at-home treatments for arthritis and other forms of chronic knee pain is dietary supplementation. Supplements that are typically recommended for treatment include fish oil; willow bark; ginger extract; and the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.

Getting help

Are you suffering from knee pain? Supplements may not be enough to facilitate your full recovery. At Flexogenix, we provide nonsurgical options for osteoarthritis, joint pain, and injuries. Qualify for a free consultation.

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    garvsto@aol.com

    i would like to get an assessment asap. having a lot of chronic knee pain and don’t want to do surgery unless it is absolutely. necessary. thank you for your time.

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      We’re happy to help you with that! Please give us a call at 888-YES-FLEX to schedule your free consultation. We’re looking forward to speaking with you!

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    Maria Holley

    Have had surgery on one of my knees almost 3 years ago and it still bothers me. Is there anything you can do after you have had total knee replacement. My other knee is now giving me lots of problems and I don’t want to go thru surgery again if possible.

    • Avatar for The Flexogenix® Team

      Hi, Maria. We do have a treatment for those who have had a knee replacement, and also treatments to help you avoid having the other knee replaced too. Please give us a call for more information or to schedule a free personal consultation. Hope we’re able to help you!

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