It’s no secret: Sport and physical activity are good for your health. But there is also the risk of overdoing it or getting injured. Today we talk about the consequences of incorrect exercise technique and inadequate warm-up. It’s not uncommon for amateur and professional athletes alike to feel soreness in their knees after an exertion. What is the cause? Why Should Knee Pain Not Stop You From Exercising?
Normally, a person should not experience any discomfort in the knee joint. But there is an enormous load on it, even during ordinary walking, so slight pain in the knee tends to occur at the end of an active day. While playing sports and leisure activities, there is a high risk of sustaining permanent damage to the knee joint.
It is better to remember to incorporate regular physical activity into your life, even if you have to lead a sedentary lifestyle. Gentle calisthenics at work and a sedentary lifestyle will help you periodically warm up your joints and avoid muscle stasis.
How to avoid knee pain
When you start playing a sport, you need to take preventative measures against possible knee pain.
- Firstly, you should load yourself up gradually, taking into account your fitness level and general health. If even a beginner feels a “second wind”, you should increase the duration and intensity of training gradually, not jerkily.
- Secondly, you should exercise regularly.
- Thirdly, while exercising you must take care about good nutrition. Salts are flushed out with sweat, which adversely affects joints. Therefore, you should regularly consume food that is high in minerals and vitamins, like fresh vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products. The amount of water drunk daily should also be increased.
How to get rid of pain in knee joints
If you experience knee pain during running or after doing squats, you should stop working out immediately. The discomfort may be due to overloading and will pass in a few hours. If not, do not hesitate to visit a doctor. When the doctor discovers the cause of the problem, he is likely to recommend:
- stop exercising or reduce the load;
- fix the joint with a bandage or elastic bandage;
- a vitamin-rich diet;
- do physical therapy – regular and supervised exercise to strengthen your knee joint;
- undergo physical therapy;
- use ointments with analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects (usually diclofenac or ibuprofen-based externally to treat musculoskeletal disorders).
The length of the treatment of a joint disorder or the period of rehabilitation after an injury is determined by your doctor. Your doctor will also authorise you to return to full training. His advice should not be ignored, otherwise the situation could worsen.