This blog was written by Dr. Gabriel Shelton, one of our providers in Corpus Christi, TX. Dr. Shelton has successfully treated many patients of all ages. Today he shares few tips to help people over 40 manage their knee pain.
Age-related knee pain is a very common reason people over 40 lose their mobility and stop being active. Patients who come into the doctor’s office with joint issues are often aware that age-related joint pain can’t be reversed. However, they are happily surprised to find that the activities and lifestyle they live can be significantly improved with the right knee pain management tricks.
How Your Age Affects Your Joints
There are 360 joints in the human body, each made up of synovium, cartilage, ligaments, bones, and muscles. These complex structures are designed to bear weight and are responsible for the body’s mobility. One of the largest joints in your body is the knee; a hinge-like joint that gives your body the ability to walk, run, lift, crouch, and jump.
As you age, the cartilage protecting your joints from friction begins to degenerate, causing pain and restricting your mobility. Because your knee is a weight-bearing joint that’s also responsible for movement, it’s highly susceptible to injuries.
Active Care for Reducing Age-Related Knee Pain
Sometimes knee problems are made worse by an overused or tight IT band, hip flexor, or quad muscle. This is often the case if you’re a more active individual but don’t take enough time to recover and stretch.
When it comes to tight, sore muscles, the foam roller is your best friend. Foam rolling on these muscles can relieve tension and help alleviate pain. Check out our foam rolling 101 guide to learn more about the benefits of foam rolling.
You can also use a lacrosse ball to target more specific spots and release any muscle knots that the foam roller didn’t quite catch. Follow us on Instagram for some quick at-home foam rolling, lacrosse ball, and mobility exercises that can keep you flexible and pain-free.
Exercises and Stretches to Relieve Knee Pain
You can also add a few strengthening exercises to your daily routine to build up leg and hip strength, taking the pressure off your knees. Dr. Crisp demonstrates a few of these helpful exercises in the video below.
Another effective way to reduce age-related joint pain is to stay active. Not only will your strength and mobility improve, but you’ll also be building up your immune system and resistance to injuries. If you’re new to fitness and don’t know where to start, check out our fit over 40 tips to stay healthy and active.
Effective Knee Pain Management
Tired of nagging aches and pains slowing you down? We’ve got your back. Our providers are experts at accurately diagnosing and treating your injuries at the source with lasting results. While other treatments may drag on, increasing time and costs, Airrosti is different. Our providers can fully resolve most injuries in an average of 3.2 visits (based on patient-reported outcomes).
Schedule an appointment with Airrosti today to find a provider near you and get back to doing the things you love most, pain free.
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