Knee Pain

Knee pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain. While many believe that it is just a normal part of aging, there are actually a number of specific factors that can trigger knee pain. These factors include an injury, a dislocated knee cap, a loose piece of bone or cartilage in the knee, or arthritis. Being highly active or overweight are other risk factors. Don’t hesitate to tell your doctor about any knee pain you have, even if you don’t know how it started.

More often than not, knee pain can be treated. However, if left untreated, the pain can become worse or cause further damage. Therefore, it’s important that you talk to your healthcare provider about any knee pain you are experiencing.

Whatever the cause, there are a multitude of apps that can help you manage or prevent pain and work toward recovery of knee injuries.

Flexibility Workout Exercises

Android rating:
3.5 stars Free

This app targets more than just those with knee pain. Improving the flexibility of your knees reduces your chances of injury during a workout. Knee flexibility exercises can also help you recover from an injury and reduce chronic knee pain. The app includes exercises for beginner through advanced levels and allows you to track your progress. You can also use it to find out about fitness classes and events in your area.

Knee Gym

iPhone rating:
2.5 stars Free

The Knee Gym app was designed by certified physical therapists for people who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee. Each exercise includes step-by-step instructions as well as a video to ensure you are following the proper form and getting the most out of the exercise. Exercises target balance, strength, flexibility, and cardio, and are tailored to the amount of pain you’re experiencing.

Knee Stability Rehab Program

Android rating:
4 stars Free

When you are rehabbing your knee, it’s important to focus on strength, stability, and range of motion. Much of this comes from a focus on the muscles around the knee, including the thigh muscles, quadriceps, and hamstrings. This app focuses specifically on improving range of motion, while increasing stability.

The exercises are great for reducing pain and swelling, particularly for those whose sports activities include lots of jumping.

Knee Workout Gymnastics

Android rating:
4 stars Free

Strengthening your knees can help reduce pain and prevent future injuries. The Knee Workout Gymnastics app provides you with basic but effective knee strengthening exercises. Each one features animations. There’s also a timer to count your reps, with options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

My Knee Guide

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free

This app was developed for people prepping to undergo knee replacement surgery. Once you enter the major dates regarding your surgery, the app will do the rest. It will send reminders with key information from before surgery through post-op and recovery. The resource center will answer any questions you may have, and there’s an extensive list of providers and services. If you are unsure about the surgery, you can also read success stories from individuals who have undergone knee replacement surgery themselves.

My Knee Injury

iPhone rating:
Not yet rated             $1.99

Are you wondering why your knee hurts? Check out the My Knee Injury app to find out what might be causing your pain. This app contains a database of some of the most common knee injuries that are treated by medical professionals. You can narrow down what your injury might be by comparing it to the injury descriptions and symptoms. Then, find the best treatments, exercises, and even how to best tape it up. Once your injury has healed, you can use the app’s strengthening and flexibility exercises to help prevent future injuries.

Track + React

iPhone rating:
4.5 stars Free
Android rating:
3.5 stars Free

This app is great for all types of arthritis, including the knees. Created by the Arthritis Foundation, Track + React allows you to manage your arthritis pain by finding out what activities can help your pain, and which ones can cause more pain. Using the intuitive menu, keep track of exercises, activities, the foods you eat, as well as the medications you take. You then log your pain levels, so you can keep track of them. With this information, you and your doctor will be able to adjust your activities and your medications to better manage your pain.

Yoga for Reducing Knee Pain

Android rating:
4 stars Free

It can be hard to find exercises that help your knee pain instead of increasing it. This app comes loaded with yoga videos targeted at reducing knee pain. Whether you have arthritis, an injury, or are recovering from knee surgery, yoga can help. The easy-to-read menu allows you to choose the right exercise for your specific knee issue. Then the videos take you through each workout, step by step.