Summer Means Increased Physical Activity — What to Know About Knee Pain.

Summer is fast approaching, and that means you’re going to be enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer with warmer weather. But with increased physical activity comes increased exertion and pressure on your knees, which can result in acute or chronic pain.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for the ramp-up to summer…

Pay attention to knee pain — now.
Knee pain can quickly and easily land you on the sidelines. But mandatory ice treatment and rest, physical therapy, orthopedic surgery, joint replacement? Those are for real athletes and older people, right? Wrong! Knee pain — and the resulting consequences — can happen to anyone, at any age, at any time. Being mindful of your physical activity, and the exertion it puts on your knee, is a key element of avoiding injury.

What to watch for.
Many of us are far too accepting of knee pain when it strikes, figuring that “wear and tear” come with the territory of an active lifestyle. It is important to be aware of any pain in your knee, regardless of how mild it may seem to you. Soreness could mean a possible injury or disease of the knee joint, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Swelling could indicate joint damage or an injury to ligaments or tendons. Bottom line: if the first two steps down the stairs are tougher than they should be, it could be time to take a break and re-evaluate your activity.

How to prevent knee pain.
If you’re going to participate in any high-impact activity, there are essential steps you should take to help prevent injury and resulting pain. The lesson of the day is to be proactive when it comes to your knees.

  • Know your limits
    If you are starting a new routine of any kind, take it slow. Start with short and easy cardio workouts and build up to longer, more challenging ones. Pushing yourself too quickly can lead to irritation, swelling and pain in the knee.
  • Invest time in strengthening exercises
    Strengthening the muscles that support your knee will reduce stress on your joint and help absorb shock. The less strain on your knee, the better your chances of preventing any injury.
  • Always stretch
    Regularly stretching the leg muscles is an important part of preventing knee injury. Stretching exercises reduce muscle soreness and will keep your muscles flexible and less susceptible to injury.
  • Ramp up to top speed
    Warming up the leg muscles can effectively prevent knee injuries. If you are going on a run, start your routine with 10 minutes of walking.
  • Lose the extra weight
    Weight is a major factor in the development of knee pain. Simply put, any extra weight exerts more pressure on your joints. With each step you take, up to four times your body weight is transmitted through the knee joint.

Don’t miss out on any activity this summer because of knee pain.
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