Knee Pain? No Problem
Active adults, especially runners, sometimes experience knee pain as a result of impact pressure on the joint. It may be caused by a problem with the kneecap or cartilage inside the knee joint. But take heart, because there are some simple solutions you can employ that will have you back on the trail/sidewalk/stair stepper in no time.
Understand the Pain
Usually the knee pain experienced from high impact activity like running feels like an achy pressure or soreness. Maybe you hear a clicking noise, and the pain most likely increases when you start and stop the activity. Sometimes, we bite off more than we can chew, and put our bodies through stressful long runs or activities we are not quite prepared or conditioned for. In addition, if your quadriceps are not conditioned, the knee joints have to bear even more weight. Individuals with flat feet or who naturally put most of their weight on the outside of their feet are at higher risk as well. All these things combined contribute to knee pain.
Understand the Solutions
Consistent chiropractic adjustments can help ensure that your body is properly aligned, and therefore able to distribute your weight appropriately when you run. Adjustments can also help correct any nerve interference that could cause pain to radiate. In addition, incorporating variety into your active lifestyle is key to preventing injury. When you mix up your routine to include exercises across the spectrum – from yoga to weight bearing exercise to biking – you build up all the supporting muscles in your body, thus allowing you to be in better shape for the activities you prefer, including running.
Listen to Your Body
Always listen to the messages your body sends you. If your knees are constantly saying ouch, or if your lower back pain is making itself known, seek out a chiropractor at The Joint. Pushing your body through excessive pain can lead to even more damage.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*
Story Credit: Your No. 1 Pain, Relieved by Jenny Hadfield