As we grow older, it’s normal to experience some aches and pains, or to hear alarming noises emanating from our joints when we get out of bed in the morning. Knee pain is fairly common; in fact, some 25% of Americans report that their knees hurt on a regular basis.
Before you chalk up twinges and aches to old age, it is important to make sure there isn’t a more serious underlying condition. In this post, we’ll take a look at the five most common reasons for knee pain — and explore some ways to get relief.
An Injury Incurred During Exercise
If you are an athlete, you may be prone to knee injury, especially if you’re new to the sport or haven’t warmed up properly before playing. Participating in a sport that requires lateral movement, jumping, or twisting such as basketball, tennis, figure skating, golf, or volleyball can result in sprained or torn ligaments. Runner’s knee is also a common overuse injury in — you guessed it — runners.
Knee-related injuries can range from minor issues that sideline you for a few days to serious conditions that require surgery, and may even take you out of the game permanently. If you are an athlete and your knees hurt, get yourself checked out to avoid further damage.
Excess Weight or Lack of Activity
On the other hand, people who are very sedentary may also experience knee pain. This goes double for folks who are carrying excess weight, which puts additional strain on the joints, the knees in particular. Try to take off some of the pounds to save your knees.
It’s important to move the body regularly to prevent injury and pain. To prevent knee pain, work on strengthening the leg muscles. Core stability is also important.
Pain Elsewhere in the Body
Everything in your body is connected. When you have an injured foot, an arthritic hip, or back strain, it’s quite possible that your knees hurt too. This is simply because your body isn’t in alignment, or you’re moving in unusual ways to overcompensate.
The remedy for this type of ancillary knee pain is pretty simple: address the initial problem. Consulting a chiropractor can also bring relief if your knees hurt because of your hip, foot, or back pain.
Did you know there are over 100 separate types of arthritis? Pain from any of them can be debilitating. Luckily, knee pain due to arthritis is treatable without the need for medication, joint replacement surgery, or corticosteroid injections with noninvasive treatments such as the Laser Knee Pain Protocol offered at the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic in The Villages(R).
A Previous Injury
If you tore your ACL or dislocated your kneecap when you are younger, that might be the reason your knees hurt. Although the human body is pretty resilient, the knees are more easily re-injured than other joints — in part because they do so much of the “heavy lifting” of walking, moving, and just daily life.
Wearing braces during physical activity can both protect your knees from further injury and keep them from hurting because of the old one.
Do Your Knees Hurt?
If you have injured your knee or feel that your knees hurt due to old age or inactivity, Davis Clinic of Chiropractic can help! Our compassionate, experienced staff can also provide relief from knee pain associated with arthritis, a torn meniscus, a knee sprain or strain, bursitis, tendonitis, or wear and tear. Give us a call today to learn more about our nonsurgical, drug-free knee pain treatments.