Risk factors of knee pain
Several risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing knee pain, including:
- Age: As we age, the risk of developing knee pain and arthritis increases. The wear and tear on the joint over time can cause inflammation and pain.
- Obesity: Being overweight or obese can put extra stress on the knee joint, increasing the risk of knee pain and osteoarthritis.
- Occupation: People with jobs involving a lot of kneeling, climbing, or heavy lifting are at a higher risk of knee pain.
- Sports and physical activity: Certain sports and activities involving a lot of jumping, running, or twisting can put extra stress on the knee and increase the risk of injury.
- Genetics: Some people may have a genetic predisposition to developing knee problems, such as arthritis or ligament injuries.
- Previous injury: A prior knee injury can increase the risk of developing knee pain or reinjuring the knee in the future.
- Chronic diseases: Certain chronic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, can increase the risk of knee pain.
- Inflammatory conditions: conditions such as gout and psoriasis can increase the risk of knee pain and inflammation.
How to prevent knee pain
There are several ways to help prevent knee pain, including:
- Maintaining a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can put extra stress on the knee joint, so maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce the risk of knee pain.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises: Regular exercises, such as walking, cycling, or swimming, can help keep the muscles and joints in the knee healthy. It is also essential to do stretching and strengthening exercises for the muscles around the knee, such as the quadriceps and hamstrings.
- Proper form and technique: when performing exercises or activities that stress the knee, it's essential to use an appropriate form and technique to reduce the risk of injury.
- Wearing the right shoes: Wearing shoes that fit well and have good support can help reduce the stress on the knee joint.
- Avoiding high-impact activities: High-impact activities such as running or jumping can put extra stress on the knee joint, so it's essential to prevent or limit these activities if you're at risk for knee pain.
- Using a knee brace: if you have a previous knee injury or a chronic knee condition, a knee brace can help support the joint and reduce the risk of further injury.
- Rest: it's essential to rest and take breaks when you feel pain or discomfort in your knee. This can help reduce the risk of further injury.
- Consult with a healthcare professional: If you are experiencing knee pain or have a chronic knee condition, you must consult with a healthcare professional to develop an appropriate treatment plan.
How to treat Knee pain?
There are various treatments that will be applicable to knee pain. However, everyone is different. Therefore we will work with you to develop the most suitable treatment plan for you, to help you get back up and running.
- Orthotics is used as a treatment when knee pain arises from a biomechanical perspective.
- Offloading and orthotic management can redistribute pressures affecting knee, hip, and back pain.