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Knowing Your Knees

Almost every individual in their lifetime will experience joint pain and discomfort somewhere in their body. One of the most prevalent areas of these aches is in the knees. Everyone should follow some simple steps to combat the soreness and continued deterioration of the knees.

Knees are very susceptible to weakness and sustainability issues due to how they’re structured. Although they must remain active to be healthy, the impact varies on the type of usage they go through. Being the support systems of the entire leg, knees take most of the aftershock from physical activity. Running on pavement is one of the harshest punishments for them as the constant impact on the hard surface can lead to quicker deterioration. Running may be the most effective way to lose weight and get in shape but walking, cycling, and swimming keep your knees active while inflicting less wear and tear.

When exercising, an individual must know their limits when it comes to their knees. The type of workout should be based on weight and athleticism as well as the current state of the knees themselves. If the knees begin to hurt in any fashion it either means they are being overworked, breaking down, or being used in the wrong manner. Stretching can prevent this, aid in longevity, and actively take pressure away from the knees if done before activity.

If you are unlucky and experience knee troubles, there are many ways for them to be repaired or relieved of pain. Through years of medical research, doctors have found excellent ways to help those with knee troubles. Shots and pills can reduce pain and make day-to-day activities easier while physical therapy can help strengthen muscles around the knee to take pressure off of it. If all else fails, there has been astounding advances in knee reconstruction surgery to the point where doctors can actually insert a fully functionable artificial knee in place of the natural one. Though the artificial knee won’t give the same amount of functionality it once had, it goes a long way in erasing pain and gaining some freedom back.

With many people developing tendonitis in their knees each year, these steps can go a long way in preventing or prolonging it from happening. Each individual should know their limits their body has and listen when there is pain and discomfort. These simple steps can save a person a lot of pain in the long term and go a long way in overall health and activity level.

We feel like we have the best physical therapists around. Did you know you don’t need a referral to get help from a Physical Therapist? Direct access is available for you, please call us and set up an evaluation so we can help get you back on your feet. In Orange County we offer Physical Therapy in Chester, Goshen, Monroe, Port Jervis, and Montogmery. Westchester County has Physical Therapy in Armonk, Bedford, and Hawthorne. In Ulster County we offer Physical Therapy in Wallkill, while in Sullivan County you can get Physical Therapy in Ferndale. To round out our 12 locations in New York, those living in Rockland County can go to Physical Therapy in New City as well as Pomona. If you happen to live in PA, we also have Physical Therapy in Milford and Dingmans Ferry of Pike County. Give us a call today!