Knee pain is a problem for about 25% of adults. Many things can contribute to knee pain, such as a breakdown of cartilage (osteoarthritis), injuries, or other problems with the joints, bones, and tissues surrounding the knee. However, many men and women don’t know that their knee pain can be reduced by making a few changes in their daily lives.
In this blog, the health specialists at Douglas J. Abeles, MD, & Associates offer the following tips to help you avoid suffering knee pain:
Wear the right shoes
Your feet support everything in your body, including your knees. You might love high-heels or like slipping into a pair of flip-flops, but these choices can affect your knee health.
Shoes with high heels can alter your gait and put too much force on your knee. And flat shoes, such as flip-flops, don’t give your knees the support they need. Instead, go for a pair of flexible, comfortable, and supportive shoes.
Have a healthy weight
If you’re overweight, you’re at risk for developing osteoarthritis and knee pain. Every pound you carry puts additional force on your knees. The less weight you put on your joints, the less damage you’re likely to add, and the less pain you’re likely to feel.
Doing too much or not enough physical activity can damage your knees. When it comes to overdoing it, be careful of high-impact activities you engage in, such as running.
On the other hand, not exercising enough can also be damaging to your knee health. Not exercising can cause your muscles to weaken and leave your joints vulnerable to injury.
Focus on simple strength exercises and stretches that build up the muscles surrounding your knees. For example, bike riding, walking, and swimming, are great ways to strengthen your knees and enhance your range of motion. And make sure you exercise with proper technique so you don’t put too much stress on your joints.
Don’t ignore pain
Your body talks to you all the time. If your joints are throbbing, aching, stiff, or swollen ― especially for longer than a week ― you could have underlying problems with your knees. Dr. Abeles and his team are experts on knee pain, and they can develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Once you receive a treatment plan, it will be important to follow it. The worst thing you can do for your knees is ignore the care they need. Always complete any at-home exercises, stretches, and treatments Dr. Abeles prescribes.
When should I call a doctor?
Knee pain can range from frustrating to debilitating. You should call a doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
- Pain after rest, ice, compression, and elevation
- Pain after taking pain medication
- Pain that lasts longer than a week
You should never let knee pain go on too long. Schedule an appointment today if you experience any of these symptoms.
What can I do about my knee pain?
No matter the cause of your knee pain, you should seek treatment. Dr. Abeles offers a comprehensive list of treatment options, including chiropractic care, acupuncture, joint replacement, and knee surgery.
Don’t let another day go by without addressing your knee pain. If you’re ready to get off the sidelines and back to your normal routine without knee pain, book an appointment online or over the phone with Douglas J. Abeles, MD, & Associates today.