Wednesday, February 19 2014, 01:41 PM MST
1. The number-one secret for happy knees? Stay at a healthy weight. Every extra pound you pack on puts about 4 extra pounds of pressure on your knees when you walk or take the stairs. "Women often come in complaining of knee pain, and it turns out it started after they put on just 5 or 10 pounds," says Sara Edwards, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Once you shed that excess weight, though, symptoms improve—and sometimes even disappear.2. Strength training – not only primary movers of the knee joint (quads and hamstrings) but more importantly the hips and even core.3. Don’t look at knee pain with a microscope - Knee pain can be a manifestation of a problem elsewhere – think hip and ankle. Look for motion limitations as well as weakness. Knee pain can even be treated with an orthotic.4. Proper form is vital: Don't overdo squats and lunges Don't bend your leg beyond a 90-degree angle; make sure your knee stays directly over your foot.5. Don’t stop running: No correlation between distance running and knee OA. Running form is important to maintain healthy knees.6. Genetics do play a strong role in knee health: the bottom line is there is a strong genetic component to knee pain. If you do experience pain in your knees look for healthy alternatives to exercise (biking and swimming are two of my favorites).
If you are experiencing knee pain consult your medical provider. There’s a lot that physical therapy can do to help you out! You can reach me at email address: email@example.com