Knee Pain At Night

If you are experiencing Knee Pain At Night, one of the probable causes for the same can be arthritis. There are three types of arthritis and the most common one is osteoarthritis and is a progressive medical condition that wears away the joint cartilages. Osteoarthritis usually strikes after middle age and is very common all across the world.

The second type of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis that can strike at any age and is an inflammatory disease. Finally, there is a type of arthritis that strikes due to some kind of injury to the knee and is known as post traumatic arthritic and it can occur many years after the knee injury, be it fracture or injury to ligament or anything else.

Knee Pain At NightSymptoms to look for

Gradual increase in the pain

Arthritis pain usually begins suddenly but the pain develops gradually. Initially, you may feel the pain in the morning and your knees would hurt as you climb the stairs, kneel or standup after sitting for a long time. It might even hurt when you go out for a walk.  In some cases, you might even experience pain when you are doing nothing apart from sitting down. Some arthritis patients complain that they even feel pain when there is damp in the weather or any other weather changes. Knee Pain At Night is also a symptom of osteoarthritis and it can wake you up from your sleep.

Inflammation and swelling

Period inflammation is a another common symptom of arthritis and this can be due to the presence of extra fluid around the knees or due to the formation of osteophytes or bone spurs. This inflammation and swelling can be more pronounced after a long period of inactiveness and the skin covering your knees might look red and feel warm when you touch it. The inflammation might get chronic over time and it would not get better with anti inflammatory drugs or over-the-counter medications.

Locking and buckling

With passage of time, the muscles surrounding the knees become weak and that can make the entire joint structure unstable. All these can lead to your knees buckling up. The knee joint can also lock up thereby not letting you bend or straighten your knees. It is not necessary that these symptoms stay forever and these might come and go.

Popping and cracking sound

You might also feel a grinding sensation when you move. Popping and cracking sounds become common when you suffer arthritis. These sounds are made as arthritis leads to loss of the smooth cartilage present on the knees that facilitates smooth motion. The bone spurs and the rough surfaces rub against each other and that is another reason as why such noises are made.

Problematic motion

Arthritis affects the smooth gliding of the knee joints and that in turn affects your motion. Earlier easy movements of the knee (foot) seem difficult and sometimes impossible. As the cartilage is wears away with the onset of arthritis, it affects the normal functioning of the knees and the leg as a whole.

How to get relief?

Rest is very important to get relief from knee pain at night. Apart from visiting your doctor, here are four things that you can do to have sound sleep and get some amount of relief:

•    Find a comfortable sleep position: Take a pillow and place it in between your knees if you prefer sleeping on your sides and take the pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back, usually. There are specially designed propping pillows that you can use as well. You can use any pillow that you feel like.

•    If arthritis has made movement difficult for you like getting on or getting off the bed or finding a comfortable position to sleep, then wear satin clothes or pajamas as these would reduce friction as these are slippery and help you to make subtle adjustments easily while you are sleeping.

•    Take a warm water bath before you go to sleep every day to get relief from knee pain at night. This is would soothe the joints and give you some relief.

•    If you are still awake, it might be due to the medicines you are taking. Talk to your doctor regarding this.