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Knee Health: What Causes Knee Problems?

April 12th, 2016

If you suffer from knee problems – or simply want to ensure you don’t have them in the future – there are multiple things that you should avoid.  By avoiding these things, it can provide relief for your ongoing issues, or it can dramatically prevent you from having issues with your knees in the future.

  • Being Overweight

One of the most damaging things you can do to your knees on a regular basis is to be putting excessive weight on them.  Studies have shown that for every additional pound of body weight, there is an additional five pounds of force exerted on the knees.

Another concern about being overweight is the increased risk of osteoarthritis.  In fact, research conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found that two in three adults who are obese will suffer from osteoarthritis at some point in their lives.  In case this isn’t concerning enough, being overweight also accelerates the progression of other forms of arthritis in the knees as well.

Considering that being overweight can make it more difficult to do exercise to try to lose the weight, it is typically suggested that overweight individuals start out with low-impact exercise.  For example, a stationary bike or an elliptical machine put substantially less stress on the knee joints than a treadmill or stair climber.

  • Overexertion

Know your limits and in the process, protect your joints.  While it can be tempting to try to rush through a physically challenging project, listen to your body and don’t push beyond what your body can handle.  Signs of having overexerted the knees typically show up as pain in the knee cap or tendonitis.

Another issue related to overexerting one’s body – that can cause knee injury – is overtraining.  When the body is repeatedly pushed and pushed and inadequate rest is given to the body to recover, this is when overtraining can set in.  An overtrained body is far more susceptible to injury, as it compromises the body’s ability to repair damage and even compromises the immune system.

So, be sure to both know your limits and give your body breaks to recover when you know you have pushed it.  If you are physically active, be sure to have a healthy diet to support the body’s needs.  This should typically be a balance of moderate to high protein intake, moderate to high carbohydrate intake, and low to moderate fat intake.  Also, be sure to not neglect sleep, as that is the time when your body actually recovers from the damages it suffered during your daily activities.

  • Don’t Ignore Knee Pain

As we age, it is inevitable that we get occasional aches and pains here and there in our body.  However, when the pain is significant or recurring, this is a sign that you should have your knees checked for injury.  The longer you procrastinate on having an issue like that checked, the higher the risk of causing further damage or worsening the condition that is causing the pain.

Most doctors recommend that if joint pain is causing you to be unable to do regular daily activities, it is time to get it checked.  If you are able to do your regular activities but the pain or discomfort is making it difficult, this could be a sign that you are doing too much during your daily activities.  Try to ease back on your activities and see if the condition improves.  If it does, most likely you need to just ease things back.  If it doesn’t, then it is likely time to talk to your healthcare professional to find out what is causing the problem.

Knee pain is never a pleasant experience and can often change a person’s lifestyle completely. Use these simple tips to ensure you prevent knee pain or catch it in its infancy. Preventing or stopping knee pain and challenges will help you get back to the things you love!

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