3 Ways to Avoid Knee Pain
Throughout high school and college, I played volleyball. It was a great experience and one that I'll truly cherish for years to come, but I can also say that it completely destroyed my knees. Since then, weird things like changes in temperature, the wrong shoes, not stretching properly before and/or after a workout, or sleeping in an awkward position can all bring on a dull, throbbing ache in my knees which can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. And, apparently, I'm not alone.
The American Chiropractic Association estimates that roughly 30 million doctor visits each year are due in part to knee pain of one sort or another. So what can we do to avoid being part of that statistic? Well, here are some ideas for preventing knee pain:
Experts believe that carrying around even ten extra pounds of weight on your frame can add up to 60 pounds of force on your knees, which in turn can lead to injuries and pain. Furthermore, an 11-pound weight loss may potentially lower your risk of knee osteoarthritis (when the protective cartilage of your knee bones wears down) by as much as 50 percent. Therefore, it's important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly in order to avoid knee pain down the road.
Believe me, I love my heels as much as the next person. In fact, my closet is stuffed with them, despite the fact that they inevitably cause me knee pain when I wear them. However, experts believe that we should stick to heels that are two inches or lower, in order to avoid future knee problems such as osteoarthritis. This isn't to say that you have to say goodbye to your dearest pair of stilettos just yet, though- just save them for super special occasions. On most days, wear shoes that are comfortable and knee-friendly.
If you are experiencing knee pain, your chiropractic practitioner may be able to offer you some relief. They can potentially help to increase your joint mobility, muscle strength, and flexibility in order to take some pressure off of the surrounding area. If you are looking for quality chiropractic care, consider stopping into The Joint... The Chiropractic Place for a consultation. Their knowledgable staff, affordable prices, and convenient walk-in hours may be just the thing you need!