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Knee pain is an inevitable consequence of ageing and is often caused by the wearing of knee cartilage. Our knees absorb a great amount of pressure with every stride, typically one and a half times the body weight. That pressure, coupled with regular wear and tear, can make our knees get weaker over time.
Most people don’t pay much attention to their knees until they start hurting. When we ignore the pain for too long, it often tends to develop into something more serious, like chronic pain, stiffness and swelling. However, you don’t have to let knee pain disrupt your everyday life. Taking care of your joints at an early stage of pain can help alleviate a number of issues that might otherwise have a profound impact not just on your mobility but also your overall health.
Here are five tips for safeguarding your joints from pains and aches as you age.
Strengthening your muscles can stabilize the knee joint and help the muscles absorb stress that is placed on the knees. While strengthening should start with the quadriceps and hamstrings in the thighs, hip and core muscles should also be worked on to maximize the functioning of the knees. Although, in order to ensure that you’re not exerting too much stress on your knees, it is highly recommended that you work alongside a professional.
Besides ageing, your weight can play a key role in knee pain. Every extra pound you carry translates to four additional pounds of pressure on the joints. Losing weight can relieve pain and pressure on the joints. Getting your Body Mass Index (BMI) to a healthy range can help you ease your symptoms.
Your joints get stiffer with age and having a better motion range can lead to fewer symptoms. Besides strengthening your knees, it is also important to improve flexibility so that it is easier for you to move during daily activities. Physical therapists are movement experts who offer prescribed exercises with hands-on care, while also educating their patients. Additional homecare can also help you accelerate the healing process. Practice straightening your knees at home by sitting on the floor or bed, resting a pillow under your ankle and using your leg muscles to gently force the knee down.
FCBS Knee Pain Treatment Services
Pain treatment is quite crucial when suffering knee pains as it involves professional guidance and know-how to help you properly address the pain. At FCBS, we offer pain relief massages that can help you relax your trigger points, loosen tight muscles and improve mobility. In case of a history of knee pain or prior injuries, our team of experts assesses the condition of clients and treats them based on their individual needs. If you’re suffering from knee pain and would like to know more about our pain treatment services, book an appointment today!