Preventing Knee Ache
Knee ache or osteoarthritis of the knee, is one of the most common ailments people suffer from.
There are many different types of knee injury which may cause an aching sensation, but osteoarthritis is by far the most common. It can be caused by being overweight, a sudden injury, or carrying out physical activity incorrectly to name but a few. In it’s more extreme forms it may require surgery.
There are several steps you can take to help prevent knee ache
Losing weight can help reduce the load on your knee joints, reducing the chances of you developing knee ache. If you wish to lose weight, most personal trainers and fitness professionals would agree that the best way to do it is a balanced diet in conjunction with low intensity to medium intensity cardiovascular exercise over periods over 30-40 minutes in length, 3-6 times per week. This can present a problem if someone is already suffering from knee ache.
Before you begin a new fitness regime, consider avoiding exercise which causes continuous impact such as, running or jogging. If you haven’t been a regular runner in the past, it’s likely that the muscles in your knee have not developed enough to be able to cope with the repetitive strain of running. Running whilst overweight is one of the main causes of knee injury. Try starting off your new lifestyle with low impact exercises such as, swimming, cycling or using an elliptical trainer.
There are many forms of anaerobic exercise which don’t require continuous impact. Consulting a professional may help you lose weight in ways which do not damage your knees.
If you do run regularly, make sure you have taken precautions.
A persons gait whilst running regularly, may cause them to develop the symptoms of knee ache. You can buy footwear that is specially tailored to your gait by having a gait analysis done. Sometimes you will need to visit a sports physio to have a gait analysis carried out, but many shops that sell running shoes are increasingly carrying out the service, either for a small fee or free with your purchase. Your running gait can be corrected with specially tailored running shoes or the use of insoles.
Knee supports can also help if you have had problems in the past. These knee supports provide strength for the knee and can either be worn specifically for running or throughout the day, depending on how severe the injury is. These knee supports prevent further damage of the effected area.
What other precautions can you take to help prevent knee ache?
You may want to try a pharmaceutical solution by using various products and supplements available which help limit the effects of knee ache. If you experience any symptoms of knee ache either during your normal daily routine or during exercise, consult your doctor and a physio to discuss the problem. Do not put it off by thinking it will right itself over time, it is mostly a degenerative condition so be proactive in the way in which you get treatment for knee injuries and prevent problems before they get severe.
This list is by no means exhaustive, and if symptoms of knee ache present themselves, get advice quickly.