Knees are the most easily injured part of the body. The largest and most complicated joint, the knee is used for everything from standing up, sitting, walking, running, etc. It's a weight-bearing joint that straightens, bends, twists and rotates. All these motions increase the risk of inflicting acute or overuse knee injuries.
Acute knee injuries (including torn ligaments and torn cartilage) are often caused by twisting of the knee or falling from a height, while playing sports and games which involve running, jumping and sudden stopping or turning. Most common sudden knee injuries are those caused by overuse or overload.
Muscle strain, tendonitis and bursitis may develop gradually over a period of time. Pain is often mild and intermittent in the beginning and worsens in due course of time. When muscles and tendons are stressed even slightly beyond their capabilities, Inflammation, which is part of the healing process, causes the pain. This tear must be given a chance to heal before subjected to the same activity to avoid overuse injury. Treat overuse injuries early to prevent chronic problems.
Knee pain is commonly caused by doing too much too soon when you haven't exercised for a long period of time - especially high-impact aerobics; walking, running or jumping on hard surfaces or uneven ground, excessive running up and down the stairs.
Knee osteoarthritis is a common cause of knee pain. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis involving degeneration of the cartilage. Exercise is vital to maintain strength and flexibility of muscles supporting the knee, which reduces the stress on the knee joint. The risk increases with age. People with knee osteoarthritis may also need to take pain medications and/or other complementary pain treatments.
Runner's knee is a common cause of knee pain in young people (not just in runners). The pain is usually a diffuse pain behind the kneecap. Symptoms often worsen after climbing stairs, jumping, running or after a period of sitting. Stay away from high-impact activity if you come across such a situation.
Prevent knee pain by keeping the muscles that support your knees strong and flexible. Walk before you run - before you engage in a strenuous high impact activity such as jogging or running, try walking for a week. Warm up and stretch before work out. Give your body a chance to recover from exercise. If you do high impact activities take every other day off. Doing knee exercises to strengthen and stretch the muscles that support the knee are vital for knee pain and injury prevention. Proper footwear is also important especially if walking or running on hard surfaces. Keep your weight under control. By reducing one's weight, stress on the knee joints gets decreased.
Most knee conditions respond to a combination of non-invasive treatments such as applying heat or cold, temporarily restraining from activities that aggravate pain and medications to target pain and inflammation. Exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the knee help reduce stress on the knee joint and prevent re-injury.
Ayurved, Unani and Yoga therapies have proved to work effectively for the treatment of knee pain.
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