Knee Pain Prevention: Orthopedic Carrollton, TX

by Craig W. Goodhart, MD 19. August 2015 11:07

The knee is the largest and one of the most important joints in the body. It also consists of several ligaments and tendons that hold the bones together in place. Since the joint bears the entire body weight, it is quite prone to wear and tear. When any of the joint structures get affected due to an injury or medical condition, it may lead to knee pain. The condition can cause severe discomfort while walking, bending or running.

Here are some useful tips that can help to prevent knee pain:

  • Maintain Weight- With each step you take, two or four times your body weight is transmitted through the knee joint. Thus, the more you weigh, the harder is the impact on your knees. Keeping one’s weight under control can help avoid knee pain in the long run as there is less stress on the joint.
  • Wear Proper Footwear- Wearing proper fitted (and comfortable) shoes can help to maintain body balance and proper alignment of the legs. This will ultimately prevent knee pain.
  • Warm Up- Before starting any exercise, it is important to warm up properly. Stretching of the outer and inner thigh muscles will put less pressure on the knee joint while doing strenuous exercises like tread mill, cycling, skipping etc. Also, a sudden shift to a high impact exercise can cause trouble in the knee. Hence, one must gradually move towards intense workouts starting from low impact ones.
  • Exercise Properly And Regularly- Keeping yourself physically active can help to maintain the strength and endurance of the knee joint. Swimming, walking and climbing the stairs can help in this regard. Giving up on exercise may cause the joint to become weak and result in pain. You must avoid sedentary lifestyle and keep the knee joints moving.
  • Proper Diet- Dietary changes can also help in keeping muscles and ligaments fit as nutrition is important for healthy living. For instance, including Omega-3 rich food like fish, Green vegetables and proteins can help to strengthen muscles and improve the general well-being of musculoskeletal system.
  • Posture- Maintaining a correct posture is also essential in putting pressure off the knees. You should keep your back straight while walking, avoid sitting for long spells of time and keep your feet planted on the floor. You should also walk steady so that the weight is distributed evenly through the knee joint.

If you are suffering from knee pain, visit Dr. Goodhart for proper treatment. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.

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