Physical activities are vital to our health. Painful knees and hips are sometimes affected by some vigorous physical activities that may put repeated stress on the knee and
or hip—such as jogging, squatting, and climbing stairs.
Knee and hip pain, are more commonly seen with mature adults due to various forms of arthritis, greatly affecting their quality of life. The most common form of arthritis that seems to result in knee pain is called osteoarthritis (OA), which is a musculoskeletal condition.
Knee pain also affects athletes more frequently due to the numerous strains they put on their bodies day to day.
Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine. Here are some tips when dealing with joint pain in the knee and hip, choose low-impact activities to stay healthy.
Increased activity is a great way to expend more calories to maintain or lose weight. You should use a bicycle, stationary bike, or elliptical instead of a treadmill to relieve stress on painful hips or knees while increasing activity.
If you prefer to exercise outside, consider walking instead of jogging, as this also reduces impact while still burning calories.
Swimming is another great low-impact way to stay active, as our bodies weigh less in water, taking stress off painful joints.
Low resistance weight training can help strengthen muscles, which helps support painful joints. This is best done through a physician-prescribed therapy program which can then be continued independently.
DAVID V. LOPEZ, MD
Dr. Lopez specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions.
Call his office if you have concerns about knee or joint pain. | PHONE (732) 888-2100
200 White Road, Suite 101, Little Silver
77-55 Schanck Road, Suite B-9, Freehold
The information provided is for general informational or educational purposes. INFORMATION SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DO THEY REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT.
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