Running Knee Pain Treatments


If all the activity we did in life was stretch, walk around, and do mild exercises, our knees would probably be healthy a whole lot longer. However, since many of us love playing sports, and banging on pavement all the way through our 50’s, our knees really take a beating. Of course, there are other factors that can affect the joint like obesity and accidents, but let’s concentrate on movements that directly affect the knee. These include activities that both worsen its condition and strengthen it against strain and pressure. By understanding both sides of the coin, we will be better prepared, and more conscious of how to preserve the state of these precious joints.

Running is one of the most basic exercises, but it is also the source of much pain. By running through different routes that include steep slopes and hard surfaces, there’s a high risk of developing runners knee, especially if the quadriceps are weak. Illiotibial band syndrome is another injury caused by running on tight bends, as well as downhill. Now, I’m not telling you to stop running. You just have to do pre-run activities, like warming ups, and doing the appropriate hamstring, quad, and illiotibial band stretches.  Also, adopt the proper running form. Too long have runners landed on their heels, expecting well cushioned shoes to do the work. This is quite the misconception, causing much shock and damage to the ankle and yes, the knee. Try running by landing on the balls of your feet. With this simple technique, a tribe in Mexico can run every day for miles wearing mere cloth sandals.  A lot of runners also tend to overdo things and run almost every day. This is a mistake that deteriorates the knee, and causes other conditions in the long run such as arthritis. This is why cross training is important. Biking and swimming are excellent exercises that don’t put as much pressure on the knee when done right.

Now, athletes take all of these precautions. Doing the proper workout to strengthen joint supporting muscles, and warming up before practice and games is part of the sports ritual, as are stretching and cross training. They also have excellent trainers that make sure they all do it right, giving their bodies the best injury prevention. And this all means squat if a basketball player lands wrong after a dunk, or if a football player gets tackled by his knees. When these athletes experience pain, they do so in the extreme. Broken knee bones, torn ACL’s and ripped cartilage are part of the game. Due to the twisting and lateral movements in these sports, especially tennis, not only are sudden injuries experienced, but chronic, lingering ones are too.  Simple rest just won’t cut it. These athletes undergo fluid suction, cartilage sutures and even knee replacement surgery. Expert physical therapists and massagers will then help strengthen the surrounding muscles once again. Squats, dips, and leg lifts are some of the exercises that help the quads, while curls and contractions help the hamstring. Most people can’t become professional athletes. Not just because of the lack of talent, but because of the constant stress the body goes through. Some potential Michael Jordans have left the game as early as high school due to unrecoverable knee injuries. So for a simple person, keep this in mind. Take it easy with the sports, it’s not worth the injury, especially if you’re not earning millions.

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