Knee injuries are quite popular since it affects people of all ages. As a result, people who exercise incorrectly or existing knee injury may experience chronic knee pain. One of the biggest complaints we hear from our clients at DASHA®, is getting a knee injury from their favorite fitness class. And like with most situations, people just want to fix the problem and go right back to their workout routine. Well here’s the good news, DASHA®s team can help you to get back on your feet and live pain free. But what we can’t do, is the homework part. This means that when you come in for treatment your “doctor” will most likely send you home with an assignment to do a few times a week. Unfortunately, recovery is not as quick as you may think. matter of fact you don’t want to rush your recovery time because a simple mistake can set you back for weeks at a time, forcing you to take a leave of absence from that favorite group fitness class you’ve been missing out on!
Here’s how you can avoid a setback
- Learn how to listen to your body This is important because a person who continues to experience pain after adjusting how they squat, jump or lunge should visit their doctor to check for any underlying knee problems.
- Be mindful of your movement If you are doing a squat, jump or lunge incorrectly you can put pressure on the knees rather than the thigh muscles and glutes.
- Watch out for rapid movement or twisting moves Twisting the knee uneasily while squatting or getting a jolt or pop to the knee may cause a sprain and possibly lead to a pull in the ligaments anterior cruciate (ACL) or the posterior cruciate (PCL).
If you are experiencing knee pain, it’s important to stay away from weight-bearing exercises which will add stress to your knees like step aerobics and kickboxing. Instead, opt for exercises similar to cross training. A helpful remedy for those feeling joint pain or recovering from an injury is also to step on the treadmill and use your incline to your advantage. This will help lessen the impact and stress off your knees.
Looking for some extra preventative measures to take in order to keep your body movement in good health. Give us a call, we are happy to get you back on your feet!