Bad Habits that Could Be Contributing to Your Knee Pain

At WolMed, we have the expertise to diagnose your knee pain and get you back on your feet faster. If you’re ready to end your

If you suffer from knee pain, you’re not alone. An estimated 20% of American adults live with knee pain. What’s more? Bad habits you didn’t even know you had might be making your knee pain worse. 

Your knees may hurt for many reasons, from osteoarthritis to injury to mechanical problems, and the pain can range from dull and achy to severe and debilitating. 

The skilled and compassionate team at WolMed understands how frustrating knee pain can be. Getting the right diagnosis is the first step in ending your knee pain, but it’s also important to change any bad habits.

That’s why we put together this guide to help you stop accidentally making your knee pain worse. Whether you’re dealing with minor pain or recovering from a serious injury, you need to know the bad habits that could be contributing to your knee pain and what you can do to change them.

1. You’re sitting too much

When you sit with your legs bent in a chair, your knees are placed in a position that was meant to be short-term only. Sitting like this for long periods of time strains and stretches ligaments and muscles. Try to limit sitting, and at the very least keep your legs straight as much as possible and take frequent breaks to get up and walk around. 

2. You’re not getting enough support

If you’re not wearing the right shoes, your knees can suffer. Well-designed inserts absorb the shock of impact when your feet hit the ground, preventing it from traveling to your knees. Be sure to wear shoes with good inserts or get specialized inserts for different types of shoes. Your knees will thank you. 

3. You’re not active enough

Exercise plays an important role in the health of your knees because it strengthens leg muscles, keeps ligaments in shape, and keeps your joints moving. Regular exercise can also combat the development of osteoarthritis, a common cause of knee pain in older adults. 

You don’t need to hit the gym to get the benefits of exercise. You can improve your knee pain by maintaining an active lifestyle. Low-impact activities, like walking, swimming, yoga, and tai chi all work to improve knee pain.

4. You’re overdoing it

While exercise is an integral part of knee health, overdoing it isn’t. If you’re hitting the pavement hard and ignoring the warning signals your knees are sending, you’re bound to aggravate knee pain and possibly cause lasting damage. 

5. You’re carrying extra weight

Extra weight adds additional strain on your body — and especially your joints. For every extra pound, your knees have to combat 4 pounds of additional pressure. Losing even a few pounds can make a big difference to your knees. WolMed Medical Weight Loss can help you lose 1-2 pounds each week, alleviating your knee pain sooner. 

6. You’re not getting treatment

If you have ongoing knee pain, the right diagnosis is key to resolving it and preventing the development of a chronic problem. Our providers at WolMed offer expert diagnosis, personalized treatment,  and physical therapy if needed. 

At WolMed, we have the expertise to diagnose your knee pain and get you back on your feet faster. If you’re ready to end your knee pain, contact one of our offices in Denton or Dallas, Texas, to make an appointment or chat online with a provider today.  

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