What Causes Knee Swelling?
Swelling of the knee causes the knee to become stiff and tight and will restrict one’s ability to straighten or bend the knee properly. Swelling is one of the most common knee problems that doctors see and it is something that needs to be evaluated, especially if the swelling lasts longer than 48 hours, or if it is accompanied by intense pain that is not eased with pain relief medication.
There are a number of causes of knee swelling, the most common of which is arthritis. Other causes include the following:
* Cruciate ligament tear
* Meniscal tear
* Collateral ligament tear
* Fluid build up from infection, blood or joint fluid
* Chondromalacia patella (a condition that causes a softening of the cartilage)
* Over-use or strain during exercise
* Trauma or injury to the knee
* Infection (Infection of the knee is serious and requires swift medical treatment)
Help for Knee Swelling
Swelling of the knee can be an uncomfortable and painful experience that may affect your ability to move freely and comfortably. Many people that suffer from inflammation are now turning to natural remedies as an alternative to pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory medications which often have unwanted side-effects.
Homeopathic ingredients such as Magnesium phosphoricum and Matricaria recutita both have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and both are renowned for their soothing effect on aching muscles and stiff joints.
Arnica is also a well known ingredient that helps promote the healing of connective tissue, cartilage and bones while Dulcamara is another excellent anti-inflammatory often used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
The ingredients Bryonia and Berberis are also excellent when trying to relieve inflamed joints. In addition, the homeopathic ingredient Rhus tox can be used to relieve pain and stiffness, and works well to heal fibrous tissue, markedly joints, tendons, and sheaths.
What Causes Eye Twitching?
One of my eyes has been twitching uncontrollably for several days. What causes eye twitching and how do I make it stop?
Eye twitching, or myokymia, is an involuntary eyelid muscle contraction that usually affects the lower eyelid. The exact cause of eye twitching is unknown. A twitch sometimes develops during times of increased stress. Eye twitching has also been associated with high caffeine intake, fatigue or excessive squinting. It can also occur after reading or working on a computer for prolonged periods of time.
Eye twitching is usually a sign that you need to take a break and relax. Sometimes a twitch will go away following a good night’s sleep, but a stubborn twitch may last as long as three weeks.
If the twitching involves both eyes, there is a possibility that you have blephorospasm. This is a chronic condition that is more common in women over 50. Blephorospasm can progress into repeated forceful closing of the eyes. Again, there is no definite cause, but it may be worsened by stress, bright lights, watching too much TV, and fatigue.
To relieve eye twitching, try applying warm compresses to the twitching eye and gently massaging the eyelid with your fingers. For eyelid twitches that last longer than 2 or 3 days, over-the-counter oral or topical (eye drop) antihistamines may offer some relief. Although not a direct treatment, antihistamines slow down the muscle contractions, or twitching, making it less annoying.
A more violent eye twitching that involves an entire side of the face is called hemifacial spasm. A hemifacial spasm can be a much more severe twitch. It may actually affect speaking and eating. A hemifacial spasm is usually caused by inflamed facial nerves but it may result from a more serious neurological problem. This type of spasm is often treated with muscle-relaxing injections or medications. If you are concerned that you may have more than a common eyelid twitch, contact an eyecare professional for an evaluation.