If you are feeling pain and weakness in the knees, one of the best things you can do is exercise. Experiencing joint pain is challenging, and can take a big toll in our daily lives. Joint pain affects one in five individuals and is one of the leading causes of disability. And we’re not getting better: A 2015 study reported a 162% increase in knee replacements over last 20 years.
So, how do you know if you are at risk? And if you are at risk, what are the steps you need to take to minimise the downside?
One of the best things to help prevent knee pain is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We preach it all the time as physiotherapists but just getting the body moving helps lubricate joints and reduce muscle stiffness. It also helps to maintain your bodyweight, which has a huge impact on pain.
Secondly, you should follow up with some exercises that are simple, easy to follow and make a difference.
There are a variety of muscles overlap the knee joint, and thus the exact source of the pain isn’t always obvious. Because most of us sit all day, the muscles in the posterior aspect which is the back of the leg start to shorten and become tight. These then negatively influence the pull on the joint and increases joint pressure, which can lead to pain. Often a tight muscle on one side of the knee is opposed by a weak one on the other side, and we see that with weakness in the quadriceps.
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