The Aging Knee: What’s Your Best Defense?
Taking Care of Your Aging Knee
Knees are some of the most easily injured and worn out joints on the body and they carry your weight your entire life. As you age, knee pain is not uncommon. In fact, at least a fourth of adults in the United States suffer from this complaint. Knee pain can obviously diminish the quality of life and what a person is able to do, so strengthening the knees and helping them stay healthy throughout life is crucial to a healthy body after 50.
Main Causes of Knee Pain
Following our 40’s, muscles automatically weaken, especially when not used frequently. This alone can make using them occasionally strain and hurt as well as lead to other issues, particularly osteoarthritis. This is a very common occurrence in those with knee pain over the age of 50. Obesity and other health factors increase the risk of this disease further as well as the risk of having knee pain and injury for other reasons.
Keeping Knees Strong-Exercise
It may seem counterproductive to help and prevent pain with physical activity, but, certain stretches and movements can make a huge difference in your knee health. Also, exercising is the best way to maintain or lose weight, meaning there will be less stress on your knee joints. Try these:
- Knee Rolls
- Knee to Thigh Stretch
- Wall Sits
- Leg Lifts
- Knee Extensions
Contact Performance Orthopaedics
If you need treatment for an injury, contact Performance Orthopaedics for an appointment.