Our knees are pretty amazing. They provide the support for the entire body and allow the legs to bend, straighten and help us run, jump, turn, stand and walk—our knees do a lot. Which is why it may not be so surprising that 1 in 5 of us have knee pain, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. And that knee pain can really set you back and put your daily to-dos on hold. Until now.
We’ve got 4 simple ways to nix knee pain before it stops you in your tracks.
Relieve Knee Pain with These 4 Tips
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Show your knees some love and fend off knee pain with these 3 tips to happy knees.
Tight quads and hamstrings can pull your kneecap to the side with every step you take. Use a foam roller to loosen tight muscles and improve flexibility. You can break up the tough band of fibrous tissues called the IT band and loosen up the muscles in your hamstrings and quads to improve the tracking of your kneecap. Here’s how to use a foam roller for your sore and tight muscles.
Taking it to the water to promote flexibility and strength without any high impact activities that can aggravate the knee joints. Water helps to keep the knee more stable and removes instability that contributes to knee pain. Try water aerobics and swimming to reduce knee pain, strengthen muscles around your joints, reduce joint stiffness and strengthen your bones
Before trying a home remedy for your knee pain, talk to your doctor. It’s important to find the cause behind the knee pain to really get to the root of the problem. The sooner you do, the faster you’ll be on the road to recovery.
Give Physical Therapy a Try.
Physical therapy is often helpful and effective for knee pain sufferers. A physical therapist will design an exercise program specifically for you that fit your ability level and teach you techniques to spare your joints. They can also teach you how to reduce strain on your knees in your daily activities to keep knee pain at bay.
Ready to nix knee pain and return to the activities and lifestyle you love? Request to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced hand therapists or physical therapists.