How to Protect Your Knees (and Why You Should)

Knee pain is one of the most common ailments amongst older people. With frequent knee pain affecting approximately 25% of all adults. Why does this happen? Knees naturally accrue wear and tear through a person’s life span, the cartilage wears down and bones begin to rub together. This is made worse by years of bad habits and injuries, but it’s never too late to start taking care of your knees and forming good habits.

Why Should I Be Concerned About My Knees?

Other than the obvious concerns, such as your ability to walk, run, play sport and enjoy your hobbies, your knees are naturally going to deteriorate as you get older. If you think this isn’t a problem because you aren’t very active, you may be in trouble.

When you grow older you may be prescribed exercise, such as walking, to combat many of the leading death causes for the elderly, such as cardiovascular disease which is responsible for nearly a third of all deaths among the elderly. Now when you want to start using your knees more, they may be packing up due to wear and tear. This is going to lead to you exercising even less or not at all, further increasing the risks of cardiovascular disease and other health conditions. The leading cause of fatal and serious non-fatal hospital admissions for older people is falling. Due to reduced mobility as we age, tripping over a carpet or a low step are very real risks. To reduce your risks of falls, it is important to keep your knees mobile for as long as possible. The majority of old age-related risks and can be removed with the ability to be mobile by being frequently active.

Therefore, it’s in your best interest to take care of your knees as your ability to move is not only going to improve your quality of life as you grow older, but also extend your lifespan.

How Cac I Protect My Knees?

First of all, for those who have had injuries or have odd clicks and pains, get your knees checked by a physiotherapist or a physician. Even if you have abused your knees while you are young, it’s never too late to start the necessary rehab and recovery – and – this does not mean that you need to give up sports and hobbies. There are many success stories of people who have defied knee replacements which should be used as your guide to protecting your knees. These success stories usually involve people taking their health into their own hands and developing healthy habits.

mary advice on keeping your knees healthy is mostly common sense, such as maintaining a good posture, losing weight, and exercising regularly. Having a good posture is going to ensure that your body weight is distributed normally, preventing your knees from being stressed.  Exercising is going to sustain the range of movement in your knees and strengthen the muscles and tendons that support and interact with the knee structure. Keeping your glutes, quadriceps, and core muscles strong as they help to keep the knee in pace and assist the knee in doing its job.

Strengthening your body also comes with risks. If you are lifting weights or running, ensure that your form is correct and that you are wearing the correct shoes. Running in the incorrect shoes is a common issue that many people are not aware of – so it’s worth doing your research and consulting with a health professional. Warming up and stretching are also vital components and preserving your knees and preventing injury.  A slight injury to another part of your body can be compensated for by the knee, this can be further compounded by activities like jogging.

Be aware of how your favourite sports and hobbies impact your knees. Twisting and jarring movements increase wear and tear, as well as the risk of injuries. Injuries usually happen when people overexert themselves, so manage your intensity and wear knee supports if your favourite activities involve a lot of twisting and jumping.

In short, It’s in your best interest to take care of your knees. You’ll live longer and feel younger as you grow older. It’s never too late to start building healthy habits and doing rehab to make up for overuse of your knees. Strength the supporting muscles around your knees but don’t overdo it – especially with activities involving twisting and jarring. As the saying goes, take care of your knees, and your knees will take care of you.

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