The knee joint is made up of four main things bones (three bones including femur, tibia, and patella), C – shaped tough, rubbery cartilage (medial and lateral menisci that act as shock absorber between femur and tibia), ligaments (collateral and cruciate ligaments that join bones together), and tendons (that connect muscles to the bones). Homeopathic medicines for knee injuries help reduce the pain and swelling of the knee in case of injury and promote efficient healing.
The knee joint is quite vulnerable to injuries. The injuries that are common to the knee include – fracture, ligament tear, dislocation, meniscal tear, and sprains. A knee injury can arise from fall, overuse, misstep, sudden twist. Athletes who participate in sports like soccer, football and basketball are at risk of knee injuries.
Homeopathic Medicines for Knee Injuries
Homeopathy carries an excellent scope to treat knee injuries. Knee injuries of various kinds can be treated with homeopathy. But in cases of major injuries like extended ligament tear, these medicines have a limited role to play, so in such cases, they can be used in conjunction with conventional help for symptomatic relief. The top remedies for knee injuries are Arnica, Rhus Tox, Ruta, Bryonia, and Symphytum.
1. Arnica – For Injury due to Fall, Blows, Trauma
Arnica is a natural medicine prepared from the root of a plant Arnica Montana of the natural order Compositae. Arnica is a top grade medicine for treating a knee injury arising from a fall, trauma or blow. Arnica is helpful for both acute as well as remote injuries of the knee. The knee feels extremely painful, sore and bruised and the person fears to touch the knee because of intense pain. The knee is also swollen and feels like it is dislocated. A weakness of the lower limb of the affected side is also felt and there is a lack of strength in the knee when walking.
2. Rhus Tox – For Injury arising from Overuse, Misstep, Sudden Twist
Rhus Tox is top listed medicine for treating knee injury arising from overuse, misstep and sudden twist. Cases of sprain and injury to the ligament of the knee are treated well with Rhus Tox. A person needing Rhus Tox may have pain and swelling in the knee. The pain may be tearing, stitching or burning type and tends to get worse during rest. Motion helps to relieve the pain and the knee may also feel intensely stiff. A tensed and pulling sensation is also felt in the tendons of the knee. Hollow of the knee also feels heavy with the above symptoms.
3. Ruta – For Treating Sprains of the Knee
Ruta is prepared from a plant Ruta graveolens of the natural order Rutaceae. Ruta has marked sphere of action to treat injured tendons, ligaments Ruta is a helpful medicine for treating sprains of the knee. There are sore, aching bruised pains in the knee. The person is unable to bend the knee joint and there is a sensation of contraction in tendons of the knee, they feel as if they were shortened. The knee joint also feels weak.
4. Bryonia – When Slightest Motion of the Knee is Painful
Bryonia is prepared from root of a plant Bryonia Alba of the natural order Cucurbitaceae. Bryonia is helpful for knee injuries when slightest motion of the knee is painful. While walking knees tend to knock together. The knee is also painful to touch and complete rest is needed for getting relief in the knee pain. Warm applications also help relieve the knee pain. the pain may be drawing, tensive, shooting, cramp-like or stitching in nature and may extend down the leg in some cases.
5. Symphytum – For Bone Cracks, Fracture of Knee Bones
Symphytum is prepared from a plant Symphytum officinale of the natural order Boraginaceae. Symphytum is an excellent medicine for fractures. It is used as a prime remedy in homeopathy to aid healing of fractured bone. It boosts the activity of fibroblasts cells to help union of fractured bone speedily. Symphytum can be used with conventional treatment for prompt healing of a fracture. Symphytum is also indicated for cases of fracture to resolve pain that remains at fracture site even after complete bone healing.
6. Calcarea Carb – For Managing Knee Pain
Calcarea Carb is useful for managing knee pain in injury. The pain in the knee is of stitching, tearing or stinging in nature. Sometimes drawing pain is felt in the knee. Pain is felt when standing, sitting or when walking. The pain may radiate down the toes from the knee in a few cases. There may be a marked weakness along with pain and swelling. Knee feels as if dislocated in many cases where Calcarea Carb is indicated.
7. Apis Mellifica – For Marked Swelling of Knee
Apis Mellifica is beneficial to treat marked swelling of the knee in cases of an injury. There is marked swelling, soreness and sensitivity. Pain of stinging or shooting nature along with a burning sensation may also be felt in the knee with the above symptoms.