The knee is one of the most common places to feel aches and pains in your body. Because the knee is such a crucial joint in your body, they can be effected negatively by other injuries such as foot injuries and back injuries. When you are using your knees to overcompensate for a place that your body is weak, it can lead to chronic pain.
One of the most important steps you can do to take care of your knees is to strengthen and stretch the muscles around your knees. This is crucial if you have suffered from an ACL tear, which are extremely common in athletes – and even more so in women. According to Chantal Donnelly, a faculty member for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Mount Saint Mary’s College, your glute strength is extremely important when it comes to strength of your knees. When the main butt muscle (gluteus maximus) is weak, it causes the pelvis to drop and the upper thigh bone to fall inward. This add a large amount of stress on the hip, knee and ankle every time you take a step.
Our physical therapists here in Kailua agree, the best idea when trying to ease chronic knee pain is to make sure that your body is strong. Your posture is another aspect that can aid in pain relief. By strengthening your core and working on your posture, you can take major pressure and off balanced weight off of your knees. Just by stretching your body up and straight while you’re sitting and standing can make a huge difference.
According to gaiam.com, being overweight makes men five times more likely (and women four times more likely) to develop knee osteoarthritis. Your health risks increase significantly when you are overweight as your joints, muscles, organs, and heart have to work much harder to do things such as just walking upstairs or light exercise. If you’re trying to reduce stress on your knees while also exercising to lose weight, try cycling or swimming in order to get some low-impact cardio in.
If you are suffering from chronic knee pain or recovering from a knee injury, give OSR a call today for a complimentary consultation at 488-5555! Our integrated health team will work with you and create a treatment plan that will help you strengthen your muscles to assure full knee health.