It’s not often we give our knees to much thought, that is until we start to feel aches and pains in that area. Knees are one part of our body which are prone to injury and tend to have a lot of wear and tear. Our knees can be strained from walking, climbing stairs, bicycling, running or while standing if our posture is not correct. Some common knee injuries are sprained ligaments, tendinitis, cartilage tears and misalignment of the body. Remember the body is all connected so if the ankles or hips are out of alignment that can also cause some added pressure or pain to the knee.
There are many different symptoms you can get regarding knee pain. Usually you can feel some sort of pain while bending or straightening the knee. You can also check to see if there is any swelling of the knee area. It may become difficult for you to put added pressure on the knee during something as simple as standing. If you are having issues with your knee you may also notice less range of motion than usual.
Before the pain comes on there are some exercises and stretches you can do in order to help prevent future injuries. One that is pretty simple to do is chair knee extension, while sitting on a chair place feet flat on the floor then elevated them. You can hold on to another chair for balance. With your leg muscles push your knees towards the floor and hold for 5-10 seconds. This is a great way to stretch out the muscles around your knee. Long arcs are also a great way to strengthen your knees, especially if you do a lot of sitting. Start by sitting on a chair with your feet flat on the ground, slowly start to raise one leg until the leg is straight and parallel with the floor (or as much as you can go, don’t over strain yourself) hold for 5-10 seconds and slowly release. Repeat on other leg do this 5-15 times per day.
If you continue to have knee pain or pain is something that is new to you then I would suggest seeing your local San Diego Chiropractor and getting your alignment checked. Most San Deigo Chiropractors are able to take x-rays and see if there is any misalignment of the body which is causing added pressure to the knees or causing the knees to be misaligned.