Knee Pain While Sleeping Causes And Prevention

Knee Pain While Sleeping Causes And Prevention

Knee Pain While Sleeping Causes

The most common reason for aching knees, especially at night, is osteoarthritis. This condition is characterized by mild inflammation in the tissues around the joint, and damage of cartilages present in the bones. Although it can affect any joint of the body, knees and hips are the major sites. Overweight individuals as well as those above 50 years of age are more likely to be affected. Knee injury may also lead to the onset of osteoarthritis. The severity of knee pain may vary with weather conditions and the extent of physical activity and rest. Other symptoms include stiffness (especially in the morning), tenderness, and locking of knees.

However, other conditions like certain types of bone tumors may also lead to nocturnal knee pain:

  • Injury to the Ligaments
  • Fat Pad Irritation
  • Osteoid osteoma
  • Patellar Tendinopathy

Prevention for Knee Pain While Sleeping

Spend just a few minutes stretching before bedtime. Often, knee pain is caused by the tendons, ligaments and muscles that surround the knee becoming too tense. Stretching before bed helps loosen the tissues that surround the knee and can reduce knee pain.

Try to do some light exercise, such as walking, each day to help strengthen and maintain the muscles that support your knees.

Strengthening exercises particularly of the quadriceps (straight leg raises and leg extensions are two excellent exercises, but please see a book on exercise and training for more) can help prevent knee injury.

The treatment to be employed depends on the exact etiology and may include analgesics, anti-inflammatory medicines, as well as certain minimally invasive techniques in case of lesions. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to seek appropriate professional consultation and investigate the symptoms further, rather than ignoring the pain or simply resorting to the use of pain-relieving medicines.