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Knee Pain Causes and Treatment

Did you know that the knees are the largest joints in the human body? Just think about how much work our knees do on a daily basis. Whether it is walking, running, or just carrying out your day‐to‐day activities, knee joints do more than their fair share – so when knee pain strikes, it can have a huge impact on your daily life.

What Causes Knee Pain?

Often you won’t even realize that you have knee pain until you try to move the knee joint. At this point, you might notice that bending or straightening the knees is problematic and even painful. Knees can become swollen and even “lock up.”1

Some common causes of knee pain are:

  • Tendinitis
  • Sprained ligaments
  • Runner’s knee
  • Meniscus tears

How Can You Start Feeling Better?

If you have a knee injury or experience knee pain, try the following at‐home treatment1:


It is important that you rest your knee. Stop regular activities, as much as possible, for a day or so.


Apply a cold pack on and off your knee for 20 minutes at a time.


Straps and elastic bandages or braces work to both support the knee and reduces swelling.


Try using a pillow to elevate your leg when you can for the first few days2.

For effective over‐the‐counter treatment, try MOTRIN® Platinum Muscle & Body for long‐lasting relief of both knee and inflammation pain while you heal. You’ll be back on your feet in no time!

This information does not constitute a diagnosis of any medical condition or medical advice. Do not substitute this information for medical advice. Always consult your physician or health care provider if you have medical or health questions or concerns. To be sure this product is right for you, always read and follow the label.


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