How to avoid knee pain
Long distance runners, athletes and other individuals, who all push their body to the limits, will tell you that your knees dictate your overall quality of life. Even walking down the sidewalk can be a painful task when you have knee pain. Knee pain is either caused by a one time extreme injury to the knee or, like most people, repetitive over use of the knee joint.
We cover how we can treat your painful knees using stem cell therapy. However, the ideal situation would be to never have painful knees in the first place. So what are a few ways you can prevent knee pain from even happening in the first place?
Maintain Your Weight:
Being overweight is one of the main causes of knee pain. We’re all aware that being overweight causes medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. However, we don’t hear too much about weight damaging our joints.
We mentioned that overuse of the knee is one of the main culprits of knee pain. However, being over weight takes that to the next level. Now you may be overusing your knee throughout the day from work, everyday tasks etc. but now you’re also adding stress to the knee joints. You’re already overusing your knee from years of everyday use and now you’re adding 20, 30, 40 extra pounds of weight to your knees to speed up the knee pain. If you take 5,000 steps a day imagine the damage adding extra weight to the joint can cause.
If you’re overweight you most likely aren’t hitting the gym either. Staying fit and weight training is an excellent way to preserve your knees. One of the factors of joint pain is age. The tissues in your joints aren’t as flexible and it causes your muscles to become stiff and your joints to become painful. Essentially you stopped using the muscles and joints to they started to decay.
In an article written by Harvard Health Publications:
“…limiting your movements can weaken muscles, compounding joint trouble, and affect your posture, setting off a cascade of further problems. And while pain relievers and cold or hot packs may offer quick relief, fixes like these are merely temporary.”
The research shows that a large percentage of the people who don’t weight train or exercise are now living with painful joints such as knee pain. However, over exercising isn’t always the best option either. High intensity exercises can cause knee pain as well.
Low Impact Exercises:
A long distance runner will tell you that there’s no other exercises that’s better than running. I have to admit; it does feel great to finish a 5-mile jog. However, the feeling you receive after a long run, along with the respiratory benefits, still doesn’t mean you should forget about the strain on your knees. Since one of the main causes of knee pain is overuse, years of running should obviously be bad for your joints. If you aren’t wearing the proper shoes, using the proper form or stretching properly before and after your run you can speed up the pain even more. But what are some low impact exercises you can do as a jogging alternative?
Biking is a great activity to give you the respiratory benefits of running without adding a bunch of impact to your knees. Another great part about biking is that you can hop on a bike at the gym and get your workout while watching a movie or you can jump on a bike outside and enjoy the outdoors.
Despite what people think walking also has many health benefits that are similar to running without, once again, adding stress to your knees. If you are new to exercising running can seem extremely intimidating. Walking is a great start to anyone who wants to ease into exercising but would still like the health benefits of running such as
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased energy
- Decreased risk of heart disease
- Decrease risk of cancer
Overall we can guide you in the right direction to treat your knee pain by using breaking technologies such as Stem Cell Therapy. However, the best kind of knee pain is no knee pain at all. Preventing knee pain is preserving your quality of life. If you just go for watch your weight, hit the gym and go for a walk you could be well on your way to keeping your knees in good shape.
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