One of the best ways to protect your knees is to avoid injuries! Our knees carry us through many journeys in life, but as we age or overuse these joints, they begin to show signs of wear and tear. Regular knee stretches can improve flexibility of knee joints, and exercises such are these are recommended.
The most common type of arthritis is called Osteoarthritis and it mostly affects 80% of those above 55 years of age. Osteoarthritis is caused by damage or breakdown of joint cartilage between bones over time. Some cases can result in reduced function and disability, limiting the affected individual’s ability to perform daily tasks. However, see below some ideas on how to keep your knees healthy and preserve mobility throughout your life.
However, despite all of the above, you should see a doctor if your knees creak, ache or if you experience the following symptoms:
- Inability to walk
- Joint swelling or inflammation
- Signs of infection
- Obvious deformation or dislocation
- Intense pain that last for several days
- Stiffness that is worse at certain times of day
- Weakness of the knee
- Persistent buckling or locking