Knee pain is incredibly common. In the United States, it’s responsible for about 1/3 of all doctor’s visits for muscle and bone pain. However, proper exercise may help to strengthen the knee, resulting in less pain and a reduced risk of injury. Before beginning any exercise routine, it’s important to consult with a doctor of chiropractic, who can assess your individual condition and provide a regimen customized to your needs.
Individuals suffering from knee pain can benefit from exercise, but should focus on activities that won’t cause further strain. Walking and water aerobics are both low-impact forms of exercise that allow you to exercise without putting additional stress on your joints. Stationary bikes and elliptical machines are also excellent options for aerobic exercise that provide cardiovascular benefits. Exercises to avoid when dealing with knee pain include high-impact activities such as basketball, tennis and jumping, as well as strength training routines that put excessive pressure on the knees, such as leg presses and full squats. Strength training should be included, as stronger muscles help to support the knee, but should be limited to exercises that focus on the quadriceps and hamstrings, without added stress. Straight leg raises, hamstring curls and wall slides are all good examples of proper strength training exercises to try.
Many people with knee pain and osteoarthritis avoid exercise, thinking it may cause further pain and discomfort. However, regular exercise can help ease knee pain and improve joint function, in addition to improving overall health. If you are interested in exercising but are unsure of what kind of activities you should be doing for your knee pain, call us today at 732-431-2155 to schedule an appointment with a member of our chiropractic team.