Knee pain is often caused by an injury from impact to the knee or surrounding areas, or a repetitive motion that caused wear and tear over a period of time. With it being one of the most vital joints in the entire body, one which experiences constant movement as well as taking on a role in supporting body weight, it can be easy to damage it. It’s important to minimize your risk of injury in order to avoid experiencing knee pain, here are some ways you can do that.
- Maintain your weight – Excess weight can play a huge factor in chronic knee pain. The amount of stress and added pressure unnecessary weight can put knee joints can easily cause them to tear, strain, and develop conditions like osteoarthritis. To avoid knee pain, be sure to maintain a healthy weight through exercise and a healthy diet.
- Wear the right shoes – We can’t say enough about how much your footwear can influence everything from your back to your knees. The right shoes help your knees handle the impact of the ground, even when you’re just going for a walk. They assist is making sure you maintain proper leg alignment, as well as help you balance. If you’re experiencing knee pain and you notice that it has been going on while you’re wearing the same shoes consistently, consider purchasing a new, more supportive pair that is known for being a supportive brand.
- Warm up and stretch – Whether you’re an active individual passionate about working out or you just love to take a walk a few days out of the week, it’s important to warm up and stretch before you do anything. Do some jumping jacks, stretch both the front and back muscles of your leg to ensure that neither side is tighter than the other, which can easily cause injury and knee pain.
- Consider physical therapy – If your knee pain persists for weeks, don’t be afraid to go to physical therapy. Through the guidance of certified professionals, you will be given a treatment plan specifically designed for your own knee pain. It will target the muscles and ligaments that provide support to your knees, this will help balance the pressure around your knee to make sure your joint is not working harder than it is designed to. Physical therapy can be a great resolution for knee pain.
At Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, we can assist you in healing your knee pain and preventing it from coming back. Contact us at one of our locations in Edison, Union or Woodbridge, NJ and our team of certified physical therapists will work with you on developing the right treatment for your injury.