Your knees play a crucial part in supporting your entire weight throughout the day. Knee pain can occur as you age and can come from many different sources. This is especially true if you add stress to your knees through playing certain sports, lifting heavy objects or gaining weight. That’s why it’s important to adjust your habits, because they may be making your pain worse.
Start at home
Adapting your home environment can help relieve knee pain. For example, using bed rails next to your bed or toilet-seat heighteners in the bathroom can help take strain off your knees. If you sit at home or at work for long periods of time, make sure that your seat is at the proper height.
Wear the right shoes
Walking in flip-flops for your daily activities is not a good idea, especially if you have knee pain. Shoes with proper support, such as a good pair of athletic shoes, can reduce the stress on your knees while you walk or run.
Don’t take it too easy
Rest can be an important component of easing knee pain, especially when recovering from an injury. However, make sure to fit low-impact exercises such as cycling or swimming into your schedule. These are great for maintaining the range of motion in your knees and to keep you at a healthy weight. Moderate levels of activity, even for those with arthritis, have been shown to decrease pain symptoms.
Controlling knee pain can help you be happy, healthy and productive. If you have significant, recurring knee pain or questions about knee troubles, consult with your rheumatologist or sports medicine physician.
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