Simple Ways to Protect Your Knees

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If you have never experienced knee pain or knee problems, you are incredibly fortunate.  Those who have had knee pain know that it can be debilitating.  We use our knees when we walk, sit, move and basically in everything else we do.  This is why having healthy, pain-free and fully functional knees is important to maintain activities of daily living.

You don’t have to be destined to experience knee pain.  There are some simple and effective ways that can help you prevent knee pain in the future.  Use the following health tips to prevent and treat the painful symptoms of knee problems.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Did you know that being just ten pounds overweight can have a huge impact on your knees?  The more weight you are carrying around, the more pressure you are going to have on your knees.  Ten pounds of extra weight can increase the force of pressure by nearly 60 pounds on the knees.  That’s a lot of pressure to be placing on your poor knees.  Maintain a healthy diet and implement an exercise plan suited to your needs to ensure a healthy weight and healthy knees.

Don’t Wear High Heels

Those fashionable heels may look nice but they could be doing all sorts of damage to your back and knees.  Shoes with a heel of two inches or higher can lead to knee arthritis and joint degeneration.  A recent study suggests that wearing heels for an hour at a time, once in a while, isn’t too bad, but for prolonged periods of time, they can take a serious toll on your health.

Don’t Drink Soda

If you’re a fan of soda and other sugary drinks, you may want to substitute them for water for the sake of your knees and overall health.  According to a recent study presented at the American College of Rheumatology, soda and other sugary beverages appeared to increase the risk of osteoarthritis in the knees.  Not only will you be helping to safeguard your knees, but you will be eating a better diet too.

Perform Knee Exercises Regularly

Implementing a proper exercise regimen is important for your health, in more ways than one.  Knee exercises are great for strengthening your knees and the surrounding muscles.  By having strong and healthy leg muscles, you will be helping to prevent future knee injuries and arthritis.  Contact your chiropractor for appropriate exercises that can help reduce your risk of knee pain.

 

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