Knee pain can really slow down life. Normal day activities can seem like a chore. Did you know that your everyday activities could be worsening knee pain?
There are several triggers of knee pain and not all are from old age and arthritis. In this blog, we will be exploring three ways your knees are worsening.
You are carrying too much weight
As the number on the scale continues to increase, so are your chances for worsening knee pain. Your knees are not designed to carry heavy loads on a daily basis. As a result, when we pack on pounds our knees may not be able to handle the stress that is put on them. In addition, excessive weight can be a precursor for osteoarthritis and other conditions.
With every step you take you are putting more and more pressure on your knees. Luckily, by losing weight you can slow the process of arthritis if you already have it and can lessen the burden on your knees in the long run.
You are pounding the pavement
Take it easy. If you live an extremely active lifestyle, you may want to take precautions against damaging your knees. This especially true for runners. As your feet pound the pavement they send shock waves up to your knees and can cause severe damage if you are not careful.
For those who are unwilling to give up their favorite exercise, consider switching the surface that you run on. Choosing softer and more pliable surfaces are not only good for your knees but for your feet and back as well.
You’re not doing enough
After a knee injury, it can be discouraging to get out there and move about. But, if your doctor clears you for exercise after an injury or surgery, don’t just lounge about. Get out and get moving.
Try low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and cycling. These exercises put minimal strain or pressure on the knee and can be beneficial to recovery. Also, consider slow-paced exercises such as tai chi and yoga. Slow-paced exercises allow for fluid motions and flexibility, which can helpful with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, which can lead to stiff joints and inflammation.
Taking Your Life Back
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to managing knee pain. Each patient will have different results as they relate to treatment. By taking an active role in your recovery, you could get back to doing the things you love with the ones that you love.
For more information on knee pain management consult with a physician.