Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares three tips to reduce knee pain. Did you know that knee stability has many factors, not only related to the strength of the immediate area, but the surrounding areas as well? These three areas of focus will give you the foundation that you need to reduce knee pain.
- Strengthen your gluteus maximum
- Research has shown that when larger hip muscles are weak, the potential for knee injury is higher. Many people lack the foundational muscle structure above the knee which directly supports lower extremity movement. The outcome of this weakness causes the pelvis to drop and the femur to fall inward.
- Stretch lower extremity (hip and leg) muscles
- When gluteal (butt) muscles become smaller for lack of exercise, the hamstrings and inner thigh muscles need to work harder to offset the lack of strength.
- Strengthen you core muscles
- Strong abdominal muscles help keep your back in a natural position. This places the lower extremities, specifically the knees, in the best position for movement.
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to help address potential variables that may be causing knee pain. We can help to identify areas of weakness and adapt exercise programs to help overcome knee pain. We look at the "bigger picture" when treating knee pain to provide perspective as to one might be experiencing strain on their knees, but also in the hips, ankles and even a weak "Core". We also look at our patients Body Mass Index as well as the daily activities demand.
We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!
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