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Have you ever experienced striking pain and heaviness in the knee while working out? What about after you are done with a workout? If yes, then you should read this article because we got in touch with an orthopaedic specialist to discuss all the possible reasons why knee pain could plague you while working out.
Firstly, Dr Ashutosh Jha, consultant orthopedics at Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad suggests that we need to understand why this pain is happening. He says it’s majorly because of certain rigorous exercises that can lead to force accumulation.
“The muscles around the knee area act as a shock absorber. If you overhaul them, then they will experience wear and tear and ultimately lead to a lot of pain in the front and the rear part of the knee,” he explains.
“I have seen people who otherwise lead a very inactive life but when they join the gym or a yoga class to maintain their weight, they are so motivated that they overdo it. Of course, if your body is not properly greased and if you strain it more and more then it won’t be able to take it,” he suggests.
So, if you are a beginner then take it slow. Your body will tell you when to stop and you have to listen to it. Don’t wait for your knee to start aching to stop working out. Pay attention to any heaviness you feel in your legs, especially the knees. It could be a sign for you to end your workout session.
“This is again a myth that if you experience any kind of pain then you mustn’t exercise. Instead, you should know that pains indicate your upper limit. Now your body has told you that you can’t exercise beyond that. Note it down. And at least for a week, do the same amount of exercise. Don’t exceed it. There is no hard and fast rule of how many reps to do and how many kilometers to walk as every individual is different. Stopping exercise won’t make a difference,” he explains.
Wearing the right kind of shoes that provide ample cushioning is important if you want to avoid knee pain. Failing to do so also leads to severe pain. A good shoe absorbs the impact better and keeps your knees safe.
“This is an absolute myth that treadmills are the worst for your knees. In fact, I will say walking or running on the road that too without proper shoes is the worst thing for your knees as there is no shock absorption. The entire impact is coming on your knees,” he clarifies.
He adds: “Treadmills are built in such a manner that their belts absorb shock and your knees and joints remain safe. And even if you are walking outdoors then instead of walking on the road or a cemented track you should walk on grass for proper cushioning.”
It is always better to maintain an active routine throughout. This will not only help you lose weight but also keep the stress away from your muscles and joints. Another reason for this is that young people have stronger and fresh muscles. It is easier for them to maintain and sustain that impact.
“Also, if some exercises are triggering pain then I would suggest you to get rid of them immediately. As either your muscles aren’t strong enough to take it or you might not be nailing the technique. To get some relief you can take the help of cold compression. If the pain doesn’t go away in four to five days then must see a doctor as it can be a major injury,” Dr Jha concludes.