Aching knees are a bummer especially when you are an active person because you need them to get around. They are very important for walking, jumping, running, and climbing. In addition, the joint is surrounded be tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles. Many athletes have suffered major knee injuries that have sidelined or even ended their careers. Many people have also suffered from knee injuries in a slip and fall, pick up game, accident, and degeneration. Therefore, how do you control the knees and reduce the likelihood of injury? The way you control this is by making sure that you move your body in the correct manner and not do activities that will place unnecessary stress on the knee joint because you are out of proper position and alignment.
When looking nationwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, knee joints are responsible for sending nearly 15 million Americans to the doctor every year (Abedin, Shahreen, 6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees, www.webmd.com.)
The knee is a complex hinge joint where the femur, tibia, fibula, and patella all come together to serve as the main hinge between the ground and the rest of your body to get you around for activity.
Some key things that you must be aware of are not ignoring knee pain, being overweight, not following through with rehab and rest, neglecting your ACL, overtraining, and overlooking the other muscles around the knees. When your pain in your knees limits your ability to do what you normally participate in you need to have them checked out by a professional and sometimes if needed an exploratory surgery may reveal other issues such as a torn meniscus. Excessive pounds increase your chances of osteoarthritis in the knees so make sure that you keep your body weight under control. Osteoarthritis in the knee is a common and often disabling form of arthritis that wears away the knee’s cushiony cartilage. According to the CDC, two out of three obese adults suffer from knee osteoarthritis at some time in their life (Abedin, Shahreen, 6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees, www.webmd.com.) If you have suffered a knee injury, rehabilitation and rest are crucial to avoiding future pain and re-injury so make sure you are seeking the assistance of professions such as an orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine physician, and physical therapist to properly focus on gradually strengthening the knees
(Abedin, Shahreen, 6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees, www.webmd.com.)
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee and is responsible for about 150, 000 injuries in the U.S. every year (Abedin, Shahreen, 6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees, www.webmd.com.) Activities that require you to jump, explosively, cut left, right, forward, backward, and twist put the ACL at higher risk for rupturing. Overtraining is also a big part in harming your knees. A sudden increase in training intensity can cause overuse injuries from repetitive strain along with tendonitis and kneecap pain. Kneecap pain is a common symptom in the knee before an injury occurs. When the muscles around the kneecap, hip, and pelvis are strong, they help support by absorbing some of the stress exerted on the joint. The muscle surrounding the joint such as the quadriceps and hamstring muscles are important in keeping the knee strong. The muscles of the core such as abdominals, obliques, and spinal erectors also assist with bearing the stress and load.
Based on everything presented, we at Git Right Sports Performance and Fitness take into account everything in relation to your knees and your overall goal. We are fully aware of the risks involved in explosive type movements, repetitive movements, sports specific movement patterns, and body alignment. We specialize in designing and teaching the correct body positions for your given activity. Our extensive knowledge from working with various athletes, movie stars, senior citizen population, and kids have allowed us to confidently bring results in a safe and effective manner. We have multiple activities that train your core, back, hip musculature, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves all while teaching you the correct movement patterns for your goals. We will see you soon because the clock is ticking for your life changing experience!
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