Just as certain movements can create knee pain, other forms of movement will provide knee pain relief. Several clinics and research facilities are exploring movement training techniques that help to minimize the wear and tear on knee cartilage that causes knee pain, pain which can eventually lead to arthritis and even require knee replacement surgery. Recovery and rehab centers are studying movement, and re-movement training techniques, in order to lessen the pressure and pain that causes damage to your joints.
Just like riding a bike?
Kentucky’s Orthopedic Rehab Team, based in Lexington, has recently launched a summer cycling initiative that teaches bikers how to avoid knee pain. Knee pain is the top complaint among cyclists. According to KORT physical therapist Matt Lee, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, “faulty riding technique or incorrect bike fit may be the culprit, but knee pain may be less about the bike and more about [the] leg.” Strength and flexibility in the legs can help to bring knee pain relief.
Lee points to the gluteus muscles as the most important for cyclists. They are responsible for controlling knee motion, and research shows that individuals with weak gluteus muscles commonly experience knee pain. Relief may be as easy for some as establishing a new exercise routine. Patients of KORT are doing leg lifts and side drills in the clinic to strengthen important leg muscles. Therapists also recommend yoga, tennis, swimming, Pilates or Zuma to strengthen hip and gluteus muscles in order to provide knee pain relief without surgery.
Knee pain relief
A team at Stanford University is also looking for ways to provide knee pain relief. Pain in the joints is often caused by uneven wear and tear in the cartilage itself. According to University researchers, there’s a pretty simple way to reduce this wearing effect and get knee pain relief.
Through their Movement Retraining System, the team at Stanford is re-teaching people how to walk. After studying the way test subjects walked on a treadmill while outfitted with sensors, researches made specific recommendations to help subjects change their stride. By teaching people how to shift weight away from the already damaged areas of the knee, they believe they can stave off arthritis and other problems that create degenerative knee pain. Relief isn’t easy, however, and the researchers caution people away from trying to change their stride on their own. Consult with a physical therapist to learn how your natural walk, and your other activities, may be causing excess wear and tear on your joints.
Movement training and physical therapy are definitely good ways to find knee pain relief, but there are others. Consult with your physician about over-the-counter supplements that help reduce inflammation and relief some of the tension and pain on your joints.
Find more ways to reduce your pain and save your joints in our free special report, 5 Keys to Knee Pain Relief Without Surgery.