Knee pain is a common problem, especially for many older adults. Over the years, your knees endure a lot of wear and tear as you fight against gravity to move and walk. Over time, aging of the knee joints is inevitable but other factors can make you more susceptible to pain. Osteoarthritis, injury, excess body weight and lack of muscle strength and flexibility can all cause or contribute to knee problems.
A previous injury or continuous repetitive stress from an activity can also result in acute, recurring or chronic pain. When exercising, try to vary your activities so the knees do not endure a repetitive motion.
If you are over-weight, putting extra stress on your knees puts you at risk for knee pain, as well. Excess body weight not only accelerates joint deterioration but also increases your risk of osteoarthritis.
Weak or inflexible muscles don’t safely support the full range of motion of your knees. You will be at a greater risk for injury. Be sure to strengthen both your upper and lower leg muscles and frequently stretch them so they remain supple.
Try some of these tactics to prevent a future knee issue or reduce a current one. If you need advice with knee braces or shoes please contact us for an appointment