Knee pain accounts for 15% of all sports injuries, and also for a fair amount of our patients here at OSR in Kailua. Because of the complex ligaments in the knee, the knee is prone to injury, especially when playing sports. Most people that suffer from knee problems aren’t aware of all of the preventative measures that can be taken so make sure that you aren’t making yourself susceptible to knee problems.
One of the most important things you can do for your knees is to strengthen the muscles surrounded your knee. This means not skipping leg day at the gym and making sure to work your quadriceps and hamstrings as well as your glutes. By strengthening this muscles around the knee, you will be able to take some of the pressure off on your joints.
Another great way to keep your knees healthy is weight management. Being even a few pounds overweight puts a strain on your knees that could easily be avoided with a healthier lifestyle. Over at OSR Weight Management, we offer supervised weight loss method with personalized one-on-one weekly coaching support and education. For more information visit here!
Stretching and warming up is the best way to prevent injury in ALL of your muscles! When working out or doing sports, stretching is possibly more important than anything. If you go into an activity with cold and stiff muscles, you have a much greater chance of injury. This applies to the legs and knees the most!
A few other best practices are:
Wear the right shoes
Rest if you are in pain
Use ice and heat if your knees are sore
Use a physical therapist after an injury
Here at Oahu Spine and Rehab we have doctors and therapists from multiple specialties all in one location here in Kailua. If you are suffering from any sort of knee pain or injury, call us to make an appointment at 488-5555!