Your knees are basically your body’s shock absorbers, and they take a lot of punishment.  It’s probably no surprise then, that knee pain is one of the most common ailments chiropractors treat.

Part of the problem is that your knees were only designed to bend one way. However, a lot of what we do when we’re moving (whether for work or for play) requires that your knees at least flex slightly in the opposite direction while still supporting the weight of your body.  Long term, that’s a recipe for disaster and it makes it a virtual certainty that sooner or later, you too will suffer from knee pain and injury.

Unfortunately, it’s not just athleticism that can cause knee pain. In fact, these days there’s a larger culprit at work.  The sad truth is that we have an obesity epidemic in our country, and in addition to the impacts those added pounds have on your heart and liver, they also put added strain on your knees.

With those things in mind, here are a few simple tips to help you minimize your chances of suffering from knee strains and sprains:

  • Watch what you eat! Make losing weight a priority this year.  Every pound you shed is that much less pressure on your knees!
  • Be more mindful of how you move your body when you’re working or working out
  • Hand in hand with the above, pay close attention to the cues and signals your body is giving you. If you start feeling pain, especially in your knees, don’t try to just “walk it off” or work through it.  That’s likely to make matters worse.  Stop immediately, and if the pain persists, see your doctor or chiropractor
  • Wear shoes with good supports. It’s amazing how much difference a good pair of shoes can make. If you don’t own a pair with proper support, go get a pair today.  You’ll be amazed at the difference.

Nobody wants to be in pain and suffering, and knee injuries can keep you from living the life you want.  Don’t let that happen.  Start implementing the tips above today!