Every physical movement of humans from one point to the other involves the knee. A very important joint in the human anatomy. The knee is the joint that connects the thigh to the lower leg in human beings. Be it walking, running, cycling, swimming and many other mobility activities, you can hardly do without the knee.
Considering how vital this joint is to the human body, it is a cause for concern to know that a lot of people still do not take proper care of their knees. In all walks of life, different people carry out different kinds of activity that one way or the other have an impact on the knees. Most of the time, especially due to ignorance, these impacts are usually adverse in nature.
It is important to note that although the knee joint is a large one, it is very vulnerable to injuries and pain. Some common knee related issues include: sprains, arthritis, tendonitis, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear, dislocations, etc. With proper care, adjusted activity patterns and lifestyle, these common injuries can be avoided.
As we grow older, and the cartilage wears away due to stress, or probably misalignment, the negative effects of our daily activities on our knees tends to weigh in, and cause all forms of pain and discomfort. We no longer can continue to do those things that will only eventually harm our knees and leave us in a sorry state. This article will provide an insight into how to effectively manage our knees and keeping them healthy in the long run.
Some Tips To Maintaining A Healthy Knee.
1. Maintain A Healthy Body Weight.
This is very crucial. Every time you put on some weight, you automatically exert extra pressure or strain on your knees. This pressure increases when you take the stairs, walk around, or when you lift heavy loads. This is unhealthy, and will only impact negatively on your knees. Make a conscious effort to maintain a healthy body weight that your knees can support comfortably.
2. Adjust Your Exercise Pattern.
Do not engage in any form of exercise that puts too much pressure on your knees. This could adversely impact on the ligaments and tendons, leaving them inflamed or injured. Rather, it is advisable to engage in exercises that strengthens the muscles above and below the knees to reduce injuries and pains. While carrying out your routine exercise, some simple precautions could include;
(a) Do not overdo the squats (half-way squats are preferable),
(b) When cycling, do not adjust your seat too low (it should be at a position where your knee stretches when the pedal is low),
(c) Do not run up and down steeps, or stairs, unless you have the right body weight, and in great physical shape,
(d) Cut down on running, and do more of swimming or cycling.
3. A Healthy Lifestyle.
Making a conscious effort to improve your lifestyle, will impact positively on your overall well-being, which also includes the knee. Simple changes like; sleeping better, drinking more clean water (instead of caffeinated drinks and alcohol), taking necessary steps to reduce stress, eating healthy diets, improved personal hygiene, cutting down on excess weight, etc. will surely go a long way to make you feel better and further improve the health of your knees.
Always remember to seek immediate medical attention if your knees show signs of significant deviations from the norm, for example, swelling, excruciating pain, dislocations, etc. Endeavor to take proper care of your knees, to enable you live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life.