Knee pain is more than just a pain in your knee!
It affects your ability to walk, run and exercise and also can affect you at rest when sitting or kneeling.
It might cause you to think twice about going for that walk in the evening and it might mean you might avoid getting down on the floor to play with your kids or grand-kids. I
Most people with knee pain don’t know why they have knee pain and can’t think of anything in particular that they have done to hurt their knees.
This is because knee pain can be caused by a number of reasons that are not directly associated to a specific injury of the knee. Restrictions or previous injury to the ankle or hip can be a big reason.
So it very important that you don’t just treat the symptoms and you try to find the true cause of the problems. This is something that we do very well here at Midlands Physical Therapy.
Treating the symptoms is a mistake that people often make and in this article, I’m going to guide you through three common things that people do, that won’t help their knee pain in the long run.
3 common mistakes
1 – Always Wearing Knee Supports
Lots of poeple wear these knee supports and while they may feel good for a while, they are only masking the problem.
People can get used to wearing these supports and think that they are fine, when they have them on.
While they may help your knee initaily, long-term they are not the best solution.
Why? The reason is that your knee is normally sore for a reason, be it an imbalance or lack of mobility around the ankle, hip or knee and by wearing a bandage, you are just throwing a towel over it and hoping it goes away. More often than not it won’t, and will come back to bite you even more in the future.
2 – Taking Pain-killers
It’s all easy to take painkillers and very often this is what your GP or Doctor will recommend…. and look it, if you are in a lot of pain, there is no harm in taking them at the initial time of injury.
However, long-term it is not a good strategy and very often once the painkillers wear off, the pain will return.
The reason for this is because the painkillers do not get to the root cause of your problem, therefore only masking the pain. They are an effective short-term solution, but will not get to the bottom of what’s causing your knee pain!
3 – Resting and avoiding activity
Rest is actually good advice initially in the early stages of an injury and is your bodies natural course of action to allow healing. The injured area swells, tightens up or becomes very painful which causes you to avoid using it, to allow for healing.
However like the first two points, it is a short-term strategy. You can’t keep on resting the injured area.
Resting the knee for a prolonged period of time can lead to the joint becoming stiff and tight, this can then become painful when putting pressure on it and moving around.
Instead of completely resting your knee try to keep active doing exercise that does not irritate your knee, this may exercise such as swimming or cycling.
Often, these are the pieces of advice that people are given when they hurt their knee. Very often people try these and get frustrated when they don’t work.
At Midlands Physical Therapy I aim to get to the true cause of the problem so that you can return to doing the activities you love, without the problem returning.