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7/6/2021 Daniella Johnson
Knee pain is the most common orthopedic condition which would require medical treatment. People feel pain behind and around the knee cap, mainly affecting activities like climbing stairs, running, squatting, and walking while carrying a heavy load.
The main symptoms people feel during knee pain are long-term pain, swelling, or sensitivity in one or both knees. The symptoms of knee pain would depend on its cause. Knee pain might be triggered due to a variety of factors, which would include knee stiffness, incorrect positioning of the knee cap even at rest or while movement, flat feet, improper exercise form, and weakness of the muscles controlling the hip and knee.
Exercise helps in reducing the pain along with improving quality of life. Exercise is accompanied with other treatments depending upon intensity, frequency and underlying medical condition triggering knee pain.
Many people have temporary knee pain which would be the result of an injury or accident. Chronic knee pain usually goes away without treatment. It’s mainly the result of several causes or medical conditions. Knee pain could be caused by injuries, mechanical problems, arthritis and other medical problems.
The symptom of chronic and acute knee pain would differ from person to person. People with knee pain constantly ache, sharp, shooting pain while in use and dull burning discomfort in the knee.
The knee pain caused due to an injury, surgery or arthritis, is usually treated with gentle stretching and strengthening exercises that may help ease the pain and also improve the flexibility and range of motion. Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises would strengthen the muscles supporting the knee joint. Stronger muscles help in reducing the impact and stress on the knee, and help the knee joint move easily.
Lower body stretching exercises would help in improving the range of motion and flexibility in the knee joint as well as making it easier to move the knee.
This would help reduce the stress on the knee joint by regularly working the muscles around the knee. To help strengthen the knees it is important to focus on moves that work the hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, and hip muscles.
Other types of low-impact exercises like yoga, tai chi, elliptical machines, swimming, stationary cycling, water aerobics and walking exerts less stress on the joints than high-impact exercises, such as running or jumping. It is not always important to join a gym or the pavement for good exercise. Activities around your home like working in the yard would help the muscles from stiffening.
Relief from knee pain mainly depends on its cause or issue which makes it easier to carry on daily activities. Carrying excess weight exerts extra stress on the knees leading to osteoarthritis. Exercising regularly would ease off the pain, decrease stiffening and prevent knee pain in future.