How to Treat Leg and Knee Pain with Mountain Ice
Our legs seem sturdy -- after all, they're the main source of our physical strength and balance -- but they're susceptible to many conditions and injuries that can limit your physical activity and quality of life. Below we take a look at some common leg and knee ailments, and how Mountain Ice Pain Relief Gel can relieve leg pain and promote improved mobility.
How Mountain Ice Can Help with Leg Pain
Mountain Ice can help! If you find your legs joints or muscles ache, or to simply prevent pain before it starts, consider using Mountain Ice. Our revolutionary pain gel can help relieve your aches and pain quickly by penetrating deep into your joints and reducing swelling, giving you valuable temporary relief while working through your stiffness.
- Pain Relief: Menthol binds to κ-opioid receptors, producing a numbing, analgesic effect, while creating a cooling sensation that relieves the heat of inflammation.
- Reduced Inflammation: Anti-inflammatory ingredients like tea tree oil and MSM inhibit the cell signaling that creates inflammation while antioxidants like Vitamin E prevent oxidative stress.
- Improved Circulation: Ingredients like ilex paraguariensis and camphor increase blood flow, sending oxygen and vital nutrients through your body for faster healing and reduced stiffness in your joints.
- Joint Lubrication and Rebuilding: Ingredients like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate help promote cartilage rebuilding and water retention in the joints. Hyaluronic acid binds water to synovial fluid in the joints, lubricating them to protect from wear and tear.
Types of Leg Pain
The key to treating leg pain, is recognizing its causes and source. We're going to distinguish leg pain from knee pain, as the knee is a surprisingly complex area that has a host of unique problems. Leg pain can be roughly classified as musculoskeletal, neurological, or vascular. The former two types are the ones we'll be focusing on.
Musculoskeletal leg pain includes the following:
- Shin splints.
- Hamstring strain.
- Fractures and stress fractures.
- Some cramps or spasms.
Neurological leg pain includes the following:
- Restless leg syndrome.
- Neuropathy, or nerve damage.
- Sciatic nerve pain.
- Some cramps or spasms.
Types of Knee Pain
In general, knee pain is either immediate (acute) or long term (chronic). Acute knee pains can be caused by an acute injury or infection. Chronic knee pain is often from injuries or inflammation, such as arthritis, but can also be caused by infection.
Acute Knee Pain includes the following:
- Sprained and torn cruciate ligaments, such as your ACL or PCL.
- Tendon ruptures, such as a quadriceps tendon rupture.
- Meniscal injuries, which is an injury to the meniscus.
- Knee dislocation, which is a medical emergency.
- Dislocated kneecap (patella)
Chronic Knee Pain includes the following:
- Arthritis of the knee, which is an inflammatory disorder of the knee joint.
- Knee Osteoarthritis, which is caused by degeneration of knee cartilage.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is a connective tissue disease of the knee.
- Crystalline Arthritis, which include gout and pseudo gout.
- Bursitis, which results from trauma, an infection, or crystalline deposits.
- Infectious Arthritis
- Patellofemoral Syndrome & Chondromalacia Patella
- Jumper's Knee, also known as tendonitis
- Osgood-Schlatter Disease
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
When to Call the Doctor for Leg Pain
Not all leg pain can be solved by a topical pain reliever! If your symptoms have not gone away after trying a week of at home therapy and over the counter medications, you should set up an appointment with your doctor, physical therapist, or sports medicine orthopedic specialist to further evaluate the source of the pain. However, you should always contact a doctor right away if you are concerned about pain.
If you cannot put weight on your leg, feel sick, have a fever, or if your knee is red and hot, you should immediately seek care from a doctor or other qualified health care professional, as that signifies the possibility of a fracture or infection. Many fractures may require immobilization or surgery. Remember that infections need immediate attention and prompt care. Putting off seeing a doctor may only hinder healing.
Other signs and symptoms that demand emergency evaluation include:
- Unbearable pain
- Pain that doesn't improve with rest
- Pain that wakes you
- Large wounds
- Puncture wounds
Please consult with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before taking any medication, supplements, or beginning a new health regimen.