Are your knees ever so sore and tight that you feel like something must be seriously wrong? You may be in your 30s, but feel like your knees are those of a 90-year-old. Repetitive exercises and years of playing sports are most likely the culprit. Women are more likely to damage their knees than men. However, there are things everyone can do to ease joint pain and prevent further damage.
Sorry Ladies, It May Be In The DNA
Biologically, women are more susceptible to knee problems than men. Hormones, menstrual cycles and the way women’s knees tend to land after jumping are all contributing factors. Men still experience joint problems, just at a lower rate.
So What Can We Do?
Get Into Shape
Believe it or not, being as little as five to 10 pounds overweight will strain your knees. If you choose to start exercising to help relieve your joint pain, make sure to vary your workout. Exercises that support joint health include using an elliptical on a low setting as well as a stationary bike, and doing aerobic exercises. These exercises tend to help the core, knee balance, and help strengethen the leg muscles.
Think Before Putting on Those Heels
Being a woman myself, I have to say I love a good pair of heels, but I choose to wear them in moderation. Heels affect the way we walk and are known to hurt the inside of the knee. Opt to wear heels only on special occasions and wear them with care.
Different Avenues of Relief
If your knee pain is becoming too much to handle, you can opt for injections that decrease inflammation, medicine for pain and inflammation, and icing the knee.
Although knee pain seems to be very serious when it first hits you, there are things you can do to prevent it, decrease it, and ease your mind about what is going to happen to your joints. We can use these tactics to fix our joint problems, so that we can rest assured.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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