Knee Pain Prevention

Knee pain is something that happens to everyone, at any age. While knee pain is more common among older individuals, it is not uncommon for younger people to have knee pain. Knee pain can be caused by many different things such as improper lifting of heavy objects, muscle weakness, starting high-impact fitness routines without a warmup, torn cartilage or ligament damage, and many other things.

Common Risk Factors

Age

Knee pain is something that can happen to you in your 30’s just as easily as it can happen to you in your 60’s or 70’s. The age that knee pain can start varies with lifestyle and the cause of pain.

Job Related Factors

Certain jobs that demand excessive kneeling, squatting, standing, lifting or climbing stairs can increase your knee pain. So, jobs in construction, mining, and housekeeping/service jobs are all jobs that may cause you knee pain.

Genetics

A study in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, found that there is a small amino acid peptide that acts as a chemical messenger in our bodies that contributes to the pain and inflammation of chronic arthritis. This peptide, known as calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), has been found in high levels in those who suffer from arthritis and migraines. Implications of these findings have led to research in anti-CGRP treatments that target and neutralize the receptors of CGRP, in order to prevent pain and inflammation. 

woodlands sports medicine. (n.d.). Are genes to blame for achy joints? Are Genes to Blame for Achy Joints?: The Woodlands Sports Medicine Centre: Orthopedic Surgery. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://www.woodlandssportsmedicine.com/blog/are-genes-to-blame-for-achy-joints  

Fitness Level

While most people think knee pain is caused by sports injury or over activity, that is not always the case. There are three most common causes of knee pain:

  • New or More Intense Activity. While working out and exercising is good for your body, however changing the amount of weight you use or intensity of exercise too quickly it can cause injury. Your body isn’t ready for that big of a change too quickly and it may cause you to injure yourself. 
  • A Sedentary Lifestyle. Inactivity can cause loss of muscle tone making you knees weak so when you go to do something like walk to the grocery store you may experience knee pain. It is too easy to just sit down and lose muscle tone, therefore you need to exercise regularly to ensure your muscles are strong 
  • Weight Gain. Carrying access bodyweight can put a strain on your knees, hips, and ankles. Gaining as little as five kilograms can cause a negative affect on your knees, especially if you have pre-existing problems like arthritis. Following a nutritious diet and fitness plan can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Treatments for knee pain at EHP

  • Chiropractic care  
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Personal training 
  • Deep tissue massage 
  • Shockwave therapy 
  • Summus laser therapy 
  • Acupuncture 
  • Custom orthotics 
  • Compression therapy

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