As we age, our knees are prone to injury from excessive daily use. It is worth our effort to maintain mobility in our knees and lessen the chance for debilitating injuries. Before beginning any exercises, it is important to have your doctor’s okay. It is also a good idea to begin gradually and slowly increase your exercise time.
There are good and bad exercises for the knee. If you have pain, specific knee exercises are better than others. For example, if you have or are developing arthritis in the knees, low impact exercises such as yoga, swimming, cycling, walking and strength training are recommended. If your pain is a result of an acute injury, rehabilitation using balance exercises along with strength training are ideal.
Form is very important when it comes to exercising to strengthen the knees. You can actually cause damage to the knee if the exercises are not performed properly.
Good knee exercises to incorporate into your exercise routine;
- Resistance Band Side-Step
- Glute Squeeze
- Quad Sets
Bad knee exercises (or form) to avoid in your exercise routine;
- W Shape Sitting Position
- Squats and Lunges with Knees Caving In
- Lunges with Knees Passing Over Toes
For detailed explanations for the above exercises and forms, search on the internet using the specific exercise description.
The above exercises are just a few that can assist on strengthening the knee joints. Having stronger muscles can reduce the impact and stress on your knee and increase mobility.
Knee pain is a common ailment affecting millions of adults every year. Make it a priority to add stretching and strength exercises to your routine that target the muscles supporting your knee. A few minutes a day could ease pain, improve your range of motion, increase flexibility, and reduce the risk of future injuries.
If you are interested in more information, call Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care or visit www.TarponPA.com.