Steps to protect the knee

Knee replacements are on high rise in India this year. Let us check out some essential solutions to protect the knee and keep knee pain at bay.

The knee and legs are the important parts of the body that helps in movement. They bear the entire body weight too. It is very important to protect the knee and keep early osteoarthritis at bay which can damage the knee in the long run. 

According to a recent report, it has been found that knee replacement surgeries have gone up by 2.5 times in the past 5 years. As per data, more than 2.5 lac people have undergone knee replacement every year. There is a need to give importance to overall knee health. 

Elderly people tend to injure their knees more due to aging and reduced collagen synthesis which can weaken the joints. This may also cause weakness in muscles, joints, and ligaments. Moreover, obesity again is a major issue for elderly people. Many patients seeking to undergo total knee replacement can avoid knee surgery by simply reducing weight and following a proper healthy lifestyle. 

Prevention tips for better knee health

Here are some prevention tips for better knee health- 

Good posture

Do you sit with crossed legs on the chair? This is considered a poor posture and can unknowingly hurt the knees to a great extent. 

Right exercises to strengthen the knee 

Knee exercises can improve the flexibility of the knee and muscle strengthening of the thigh, calf, knee, and legs for better joint movement. 

Get your knees checked 

Regular checking of your knees is very important. Check with your orthopedic to avoid any complications which can affect your gait in the later stage. 

Look out for these signs 

It is important to know about the signs of the knee when it starts to hurt you. Here are some important warning signals which should not be ignored. 

  • Recurrent swelling
  • Continuous pain
  • Locked knee, in particular, position
  • Buckling of knee 
  • Instability of knee 
  • Loss of sensation in the knee 
  • Pain around the knee while walking, squatting, and climbing stairs
  • Rest pain and pain at the right 
  • Stiffness of knees 

Regular bone and joint test

Regular bone and joint tests are very important for elderly patients. It is important to get your Vitamin D and calcium levels are done on a routine basis. Moreover, a bone density test is very important depending on the age. Seeking medical attention for any kind of bone and joint injuries can help in delaying and preventing any kind of joint replacement. 

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About the Author

Dr. Rati Parwani

Dr Rati Parwani is a Practising Professional BHMS Doctor having experience of 8 years in the medical field. Her approach towards each and every patient is the utmost professional with high standards of practice. She has nurtured her writing skills and proves it as an asset to her professionalism. She has experience in content writing and likes her writing ethical and scientific-based.

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