Most people experience knee pain at some point in their lives. Knee problems occur in men, women, and children regardless of gender, race, or ethnicity. How common is knee pain? Every year millions of Americans visit their doctor for knee pain.
Did you know that your knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most complex? It also connects the two longest bones in the body. The complicated network of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the knee joint are susceptible to a wide range of medical issues.
When knee pain strikes, a simple task like walking or even standing can be painful. The pain may even wake you up from sleep. Some of the most common reasons for knee pain is sports injuries, trauma, arthritis, or excess body weight.
Yes, it’s true, carrying too much body weight significantly puts additional pressure on the knee. Think about this, if you’re 10 pounds overweight, you’re adding 30 to 60 pounds of additional pressure on your knees with every step. First and foremost, stay at a healthy weight.
One of the best ways to keep knees healthy and prevent further injury is to strengthen the muscles that support your knees. Having strong, flexible muscles will help keep knees healthy. Muscle support is critical to having strong knees and may also improve joint mobility and stability.
Another important tip is to protect your knees throughout your entire life.
Wear protective gear like knee pads, sleeves, or braces when taking part in high-risk activities like skating, football, or tennis. Knee wraps add support and stability and oftentimes will alleviate the pain by taking the pressure off the knee area.
Rehabilitation may generally ease your knee pain; however, if the condition continues or the pain persists don’t ignore it.
If you believe your knee pain is the symptom of a more serious condition, see your doctor or a knee specialist for further evaluation.