Bad / Weak Knees

Symptoms of Bad / Weak Knees

Knee pain can result from several factors, and it is important to identify the root cause to begin appropriate treatment. Some of the common symptoms associated with bad and weak knees are agonizing pain while bending knees, swollen and painful knees, stiff knees, pain in the kneecap, pain at the back of the knees, creaking noise while bending knees, intermittent, continuous, or sudden knee joint pain disabling the sufferer to perform activities that involve knee movement, and increased instances of injury or fracture in the knee bones (particularly for those who have weak knees).

If the symptoms persist for a long period of time, it is advisable to consult an orthopedist specializing in knee problems.

Natural Cures

Try some of the following home remedies to alleviate the worst symptoms of bad or weak knees.  However, if pain persists, it is important to have the knee looked at by a professional before the problem manifests into something much more complicated.

Ice packs

Give your knees the R.I.C.E. treatment – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation – to ease the pain.   Begin by taking weight off of the knee. If you injure your knee, rest for the next 24-48 hours and continuously apply an ice pack wrapped in a thin towel on the injured area. Leave the ice pack on for 20 minutes and then remove it.  Repeat this process several times during this resting period.  After this, loosely wrap the knee in an elastic bandage to reduce swelling. Keep the knee elevated.

Leave the wound open so that it can dry and undergo scab formation. Do not remove the scab because doing so will interfere with the healing process.


There are quite a number of foods and herbs and spices that have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used liberally in the diet to treat bad or weak knees. Green tea, cherries and cherry juice, turmeric, ginger root, rosemary, and white willow bark are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties.  Infuse these herbs as a tea and sip this healing beverage regularly.

Preventing Bad/Weak Knees

In some cases bad knees do not lead to any serious problems, but there are cases wherein the only solution is surgery and knee replacement. To avoid these procedures, it is always better to take some precautionary steps:

Maintain a healthy body weight. Eat a balanced and nutritious diet. Increase calcium intake in your food to prevent weakening of bones.
Exercise daily to strengthen your knees and adjoining muscles. Jogging, leg extensions, hamstring curls, squatting, cycling, and swimming are some of the good and less strenuous exercises for your knees. Try this procedure for leg extension: Sit on a chair with feet placed on the floor. Slowly stretch your right leg straight in front and put it back in its original position. Do this for both of the legs for five to ten minutes each day.
Consult a physical therapist and get started with the exercises that will strengthen your core muscles of hips and lower back.
Stop your activity as soon as you experience any pain in the knee. Consult your doctor if the problem persists.
Learn correct movement and knee postures. Keep your feet, legs, and knees straight and do not bend them in any direction while standing. While crouching, your heels should be firmly placed on the floor with knees positioned slightly toward heels. This will remove the body weight from knees and put it on thighs and heels.
Do not walk with your feet facing sides as it may inflict extra pressure on knees.
Be careful in your day-to-day activities and try to avoid knee injuries. Avoid sudden jerks, stops, and jumps.

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