Pain anywhere in the body is unpleasant, but knee pain can be immobilizing! Arthritis can become terribly painful as we age, but even if the pain is only occasional, it’s still something that can alter your life in a significant way. Not only does the discomfort stop you in your tracks, but your knees are a vital part of your movement. Here are some common questions about knee pain that we often hear people ask.
What Causes Knee Pain?
One of the major causes of knee pain, especially in seniors, is a break down of cartilage, which often leads to osteoarthritis. Arthritis and its related conditions are such a major topic, we covered it in more detail last month.
Other causes of knee pain range from overuse and previous injuries to the area, obesity — excess weight puts more pressure on your joints — and improper gait. Yes, those high heels and poorly fitting shoes you were warned about when you were younger were actually damaging your feet and knees. Unfortunately, years of wear and tear on your joints can eventually catch up to you.
What Can I Do to Help?
If you’re overweight, it’s important to lose at least some weight to help your knee pain. Even if you have arthritis or other pain which may not completely vanish, alleviating excess weight on your joints will definitely help. Even losing five to ten percent of your weight will make a major difference in the pressure your knees receive. Eating better and moving more will help you lose weight, but of course, it’s always best to consult with a doctor or nutritionist to help you get on the right path.
In some cases, certain exercises and stretches can work to strengthen your knees and help with the pain. Your doctor or physiotherapist can provide you with more information and let you know if these are methods that you should try.
Of course, the right dosage of medication can help with pain management and inflammation. Your doctor or pharmacist will know what to recommend for you.
Occasionally, your doctor or specialist may recommend surgery. Knee replacements are a fairly common surgery these days and most people who undergo this surgery report a significant to complete improvement in their pain.
Can I Prevent Knee Pain?
You may be lucky and not suffer from knee pain at all. Or you may be in the infancy of your knee issues. Either way, but especially if you’re beginning to have issues, it’s important you consult with your doctor or physiotherapist to get on a movement and exercise plan early. This will hopefully ward off major issues in the future.
Again, being overweight or obese is a key factor in knee pain so be proactive and lose that weight now.
Can Trillium Communities Help Me?
If you’re considering or currently living in senior housing, there may be programs you can access to help with your pain management. At Trillium Communities, we offer programs to keep seniors active and healthy and can provide you with further resources on how to manage a healthy, pain-free lifestyle. Please contact us today for more information.