Tips To Deal With Knee Niggling Before It Upsets Your LifeDr. Sinukumar Bhaskaran
The joints that need a great deal of attention are our knees.
The widespread prevalence of calcium and vitamin D deficiencies and conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis have made it very important for us to focus on bone and joint health, particularly as we grow older. The joints that require a great deal of attention are our knees. Unfortunately, we tend to neglect any knee injury or pain till it disrupts our daily activities and mobility.
Knee pain or niggling is normally caused by prolonged stress on the joint, which in turn is the result of repetitive motions over the years. It could also be the result of a neglected or untreated injury.
Identifying the pain
Knee niggling could be a result of a traumatic conflict such as a sports injury. This may result in damage to the ligament or the cartilage (meniscus), the knee joint, or even the muscle. Knee niggling may develop over some time as a result of stress to the joint due to regular activities such as running. These chronic pains often begin as a twinge and may become more difficult as time goes by.
If the cartilage is affected, you may feel a twinge on and off and the pain may become chronic while a hamstring injury usually resolves itself with stretching. Tendonitis usually makes activity painful after a period of rest but resolves itself when we get into regular motions. These are treated with anti-inflammatory medication and rest. Whatever is the cause, it is important to consult the best joint Replacement Surgeon when your knee niggling starts to disrupt your daily activities.
Here are a few things you can do to stop or manage knee niggling –
Do not overdo your activities
workout regularly keeps us in great shape and helps us stay healthy. If you have not been regular with your workout schedule, however, it is best to start slowly and allow your body to adapt to the added strain rather than take on too much all of a sudden. Always increase your activity levels gradually.
A corollary to the former point is that we must understand our physical limitations. Never exercise or indulge in sports to an extent that it causes irreversible damage. Make modifications as per the weather, age, and physical fitness. Never overdo your activity regimen.
Respect your history
If you have undergone a previous knee injury, it is important not to stress the joint to a point where the old symptoms relapse. Talk to a trainer and look for activities (such as cross-training or swimming) that will be easier on the knee.
The one cause of knee pain that is very often ignored is the wrong posture. Walking in the “knock-kneed condition” or wrong posture while playing a sport can seriously damage your knees. It is best to analyze your posture with an expert and take corrective action.
Weak muscles can lead to knee pain. Strengthening the gluteal muscles and quadriceps muscles goes a lengthy way in stopping knee injury.
Knee pain could also be due to hip arthritis. Being predominant pain signs of hip arthritis, knee pain is often treated exclusively even though the actual problem lies in the hip. It is important to get a correct diagnosis to get proper relief from knee pain.