Norma is a 60 year old woman who has struggled with achy knees for years now. She has tried everything it seems to reduce the pain she is feeling. She has stayed off of her legs as much as possible, she has tried elevating her legs, icing her knees, and finally decided to go see a doctor for it. During her visit, after a thorough examination, her doctor asked how much she has been exercising. Norma explained that she has avoided this to minimize the pain she’s feeling. Surprisingly, her doctor recommended that she try some low-impact exercises to help reduce her pain.
Norma is not alone in feeling and thinking like this. Many of those who suffer from knee pain think they have to stay off of the affected knee. Turns out, unless there has been a severe injury to the knee, exercising can actually help with the healing process of your aching knees.
Here are some low-impact exercises to try out the next time you’re suffering from aching knees:
- Water aerobics
Norma’s doctor laid out some useful exercise options he knew would help her increase the strength in her knees and minimize the impact placed on them. He gave her a list of exercises to try out and she quickly found that she enjoyed going to water aerobics with one of her friends. She now goes weekly and has found that her pain has significantly improved with her increased physical activity.
Don’t let your fear of diagnosis keep you from visiting a doctor for your pain. Dr. Nelson will give you a few different treatment options that he feels will best benefit you. It’s time to get back to your life with less pain. Give us a call at 435-774-8511 to schedule your appointment!