Important things to know about knee problems
People in most cases ignore their knees until they start to ache and bother them. More often than not we forget how importance this part of our bodies are and we only realize or remember when it starts to hurt.
Besides the constant pain we feel when our knees are hurt the greater inconvenience of having knee injuries is the fact that we become less mobile when we start feeling the pain.
Knee problems can be obtained from a sports injuries, accidents, and joint ailments such as arthritis, bone ailments like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, or simply, age. Regardless of what the reason may be one thing will remain constant in all these situations. Pain. Pain that hinders our movement and catches our attention as daily tasks activities are inhibited because of it.
How do I Prevent Knee Problems?
- Move. You should move a lot. Even if you feel a bit of pain as long as it is still tolerable, flexing your joints help it produce the fluids that is needed by the cartilage and to let it flow better, this allows the joint to work properly that will speed up the recovery of your knee ailment. If the pain is unbearable or movement causes sharp pain consult your physician immediately. But if the pain is tolerable, you should keep it moving.
- Exercise. Our knees can support over 10 times of our body weight. Here are some activities and how much pressure they apply to your knees:
- Cycling applies 1.2 times body weight to the knee
- Walking applies 3-5 times body weight across the knee
- Stair Climbing applies 5-7 times body weight across the knee
- Running applies 15 times body weight across the knee
Remember that you should exercise your knee but not overwork it. Cycling and jogging may be more preferable when recovering from an injury over running as they apply less pressure to our knees.
- Decrease the Load you apply to your knees. Remember that even when you are not working out at the gym your body weight still applies pressure to your knees. Staying Fit is a good way to reduce the load that is applied to your knees. Unless you are a professional weightlifter, do not lift excessive weights when working out. Talk to your trainer if you are unsure of how much you should be lifting.
- 4. Act your age. Remember that as the years pass, the numbers of your age isn’t the only one changing. Our body ages, including our precious knees age along with it too. As this happens they become more stiff and less flexible which gives you more reason to move your knees more as you age. This also makes them more prone to injuries. Don’t force yourself to lift the same amount or run the same lengths as you age as you may be exposing yourself to injuries. Take the proper supplements to help your body battle against aging without having to push yourself to the limits too much.
- Knees recover slowly. The knees are the most complex joint of the body, as such when we injure our knees they may not recuperate as fast as other parts of the body. Being conscious of this fact reminds us that we have to be careful when exerting too much stress to our knees as recovery may take more than 6 months depending on the injury we incur.
- Watch what you eat. Some food such as peanuts and beans make our bodies produce Uric Acid which cause gout that further damages our knees. Not having a balanced diet or eating more than what our bodies’ metabolism can work on also results to weight gain. This increases the load our knees take making them more prone to injuries.
- Use Compression Gear. Compression socks or leg sleeves help relieve pain and with the circulation of blood to the areas where they are applied on. It also decreases the inflammation or swelling of injured areas. Compression gear should not only be used after an injury, the improvement in the blood flow also reduces the amount of fatigue the applied area receives and prevents further injuries by oxidizing the muscles that are compressed.