- If your knees do this, then you might have a problem…
- 3 natural ways to reduce knee pain and support an active lifestyle
- Brilliant device used by football coach to get players back on the pitch: click here to find out more
Are your knees noisy?
I don’t mean to suggest they’re up all night paying rave music and screaming at each other.
I mean do they often pop or crack?
According to a new study in Arthritis Care and Research this puts you in the high-risk category for knee osteoarthritis.
The author of the report said:
“This study suggests that if these people have noisy knees, they are at higher risk for developing pain within the next year compared with the people who do not have noisy knees.”
Now research engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are creating a special knee band with microphones and vibration sensors built into it.
This way they can listen the sounds inside the knee joint and begin to map out danger sounds and indictors of potential problems.
They can also use it to track your recovery after knee operations.
I love the idea of someone with headphones listening to my knee. Perhaps I could release the sounds as a record – Rich Sampson’s Pop Classics.
It would be a LOUD record because I’ve had knee problems since my early 30s and they crack like crazy when I kneel down. Not great news for me!
So what about your knees?
Noisy? Or perhaps you’re already one of the millions with serious knee pain?
If so, there are some things you can do right now…
3 natural ways to reduce and prevent knee pain
In 2014, the Arthritis Care and Research journal did research on knee pain and exercise.
They showed that walking 6,000 or more steps per day can prevent mobility problems – for instance pain and stiffness when getting up from a chair, kneeling to do gardening or climbing stairs.
I’d say walking is sound advice if you have knee pain or you are worried about developing it – best to keep your joint flexible and active.
Swimming is another recommended option as it’s wonderfully low impact exercise.
According to the University of Washington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine it can reduce joint stiffness and strengthen the muscles around your joints, strengthen your bones and improve your overall fitness.
Of course, not everyone has the time to go swimming or walking as much as they should.
You might be in too much pain right now to even think about exercise.
In which case the simplest, easiest way to prevent and control your knee pain is to use a support like this one.
It not only offers support to your knee, but heat and flexibility to keep it mobile.
Why Supports Are Proven to Work
As I showed you last year, an Arthritis Research UK-funded study in Manchester has shown that a simple lightweight knee-brace can “dramatically improve the symptoms and function for people” who suffer osteoarthritis.
This goes for any kind of knee pain you have.
Which is why a football coach named John Sinclair decided to invent a super-reliable and strong knee support to help players recover from injury.
His support uses a unique material called Neoprene®. It locks in warmth to sooth the pain and speed up healing. Strong stabilizers provide support to your knee joint while an open patella tracking design allows your kneecap to move freely, relieving the pressure when you flex your knee.
It doesn’t matter what your body shape, it’s fully adjustable to fit any knee and you can wear it as long as you like, comfortably and under clothing.
Plus you get to try out at home for three month, risk free, to make sure it works for you.
Take a look at our webpage here.
Finally, while on this subject…
A link between weight and joint pain
This is a sensitive topic for many but it has been shown that obesity is linked to joint pain, particularly in the knee.
“Degenerative joint disease is a major cause of pain and disability in our population” said Alexandra Gersing, M.D who led a 2015 study into the problem “and obesity is a major risk factor.”
In Dr Gersing’s study, cartilage degenerated a lot slower in the group of participants who lost more than 10% of their body weight.
This is crucial, because once cartilage is lost in osteoarthritis, there’s no getting it back.
So if you’re also in this risk category, consider getting a knee support and trying a combination of swimming, walking and healthy eating. Combined these could help prevent osteoarthritis in the knee and ease any current pain problems.
Until next time, stay Health and Pain Free,