Knee Joints – Stiffness & Pain
The knee joints are one of the largest and strongest joints in the body and allow us to sit, stand, walk, and climb. Because knees are responsible for so much of the movement we do everyday, knee joints are particularly vulnerable to damage, and painful knee joints are a very common problem.
Let’s see how it works exactly: The knee is a hinge joint formed by the meeting of three bones. The femur, or thighbone, has two rounded hollows in the end, that house the bones of the lower leg, the tibia and the patella. The knee joint is lined with cartilage and synovial fluid, and an extra layer of cartilage shaped like a figure eight – called a meniscus – that sits between the femur and tibia to absorb shock from impact with the ground.
Causes of painful knee joints
Knee pain is typically caused by injury, overuse, or chronic conditions like osteoarthritis. Knee pain is the most common joint pain reported by arthritis patients. When the protective cartilage around the knee joint begins to break down, the mechanically complex joint can begin to creak or pop out of place, making you sore, achy, and stiff. Certain factors put you a greater risk for knee pain, such as excess weight and tight, weak muscles. Many report knee pain being worse in the morning or after sitting for long periods, and some say it seems to get worse in rainy weather.
Runner’s Knee, or Patellofermoral pain syndrome, is the most common injury reported by runners, accounting for almost 17% of all running-related injuries, according to one study; runner’s knee isn’t necessarily caused by running, however. Any activity that involves repetitive high-intensity impact with the ground can cause the condition, which is characterized by aches and pains behind and around the kneecap. This strains the bones, tendons, and muscles, causing debilitating inflammation and soreness. As we age and our knees wear down, everyday activities as simple as walking or playing sport can be stressful enough to induce Runner’s Knee. Stretching, rest, compression, and regular range of motion exercises combined with a healthy diet rich in reparative Omega-3’s and fatty acids, can help prevent irritation and damage.
Prevention of painful knee joints
We all wish to avoid knee pain as we age, so we can stay mobile, free, and independent as long as we can. If you’re overweight, losing as little as 5 or 10 pounds can take a lot of weight off your knees, which absorb up to 6 times your body weight during intense physical activity. A healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins can help de-stress the body and help rehabilitate damaged cartilage. Flexiqule can be the extra boost you need to relieve knee pain and encourage repair. This unique formula of Ginger and Boswellia extracts is packed anti-inflammatory properties that can target the knee pain quickly and safely.