“What should I do about my knee pain?” is a common question from people who suffer from the debilitating effects of not being able to do the things they used to anymore. Simple daily tasks such as getting out of a car and doing the weekly grocery shopping become painful chores adding to the already chaotic nature of living in today’s society.
Firstly, it is important to keep the muscles surrounding the joint sufficiently strong in order to reduce discomfort and even prevent it altogether. Secondly, having strong muscles helps to handle the amounts of stress being placed on your knees on a regular basis such as from your body weight and gravity, all the while, holding the body in a large range of dynamic positions such as when a person is kneeling or crawling through tight roof-spaces.
Knee injuries are amongst the most common in the sporting world and vary greatly depending on which structures are involved. Most people experience knee pain at some point in their lives or know of someone such as friends and family who are affected by it on a regular basis.
The knee is one of the most complex joints you can find in the human body. It is a hinge joint responsible for flexion (bending) and extension (straightening) of the hamstrings and quadriceps respectively. Knee pain is mostly a result of direct injury such as twisting, falling, pivoting or making sharp turns for example, in a sports competition.
The knee is comprised of structures such as ligaments, muscles, tendons, menisci and cartilage and they all work together to provide stability to the joint. When these structures are injured, the knee is no longer able to sufficiently support the weight of the body and excess stress is placed on the weakened joint as a result.
Having the ability to pick up and play with the grand kids, being able to have a kick of the footy with the mates or just being able to walk pain-free again are some of the every day activities you can look forward to doing, if you take care of your body properly.
One of the most common mistakes seen with knee injuries is that many people tend to wait for the joint to heal itself and don’t take into account that the more you are walking on the injury, the less chance there is for the wound to heal.
Whether you are pre or post-surgery, doing some sort of exercise rehabilitation program is hugely beneficial to the end result. These exercises are usually quite simple and require minimal to no equipment and best of all, they can usually be performed in the comfort of one’s home.
So if you feel like you are ready to move forward without the hassles of knee pain affecting your everyday life, our team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists at Absolute Balance will be able to offer their best efforts in helping you get started on the journey to living pain-free.
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Stay safe, stay healthy!
Chris Chen (B.Sc. Exercise Physiology) Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AES, AEP)(ESSAM)