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Are You Making Your Knee Pain Worse?

Common (Bad) Advice for Managing Knee Pain

There are plenty of popular myths and fitness blogs out there that tell you how to handle knee pain. Unfortunately, many of them are ill-advised. If you’re not careful, they may lead you to accidentally make your knee pain much worse.

A few of these common myths include:

  • “All you have to do is push through it!”: There is an almost inspiring toughness about this myth, but it won’t be enough to get you around the block or help you finish a workout. Excluding the good kind of discomfort you experience when working out, pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. When you experience knee pain, you should listen to your body, not ignore it. If you opt to “push through it” and continue engaging in high-impact activities like running, weightlifting, tennis, and other sports, you could end up doing much more serious damage to your knee.
  • “Just take it easy until the pain is gone.”: You shouldn’t disregard your knee pain and engage in strenuous, joint-pounding activities, but you also shouldn’t avoid exercise entirely. By relaxing a little too much, your knee joint may become stiff and you may gain weight, both of which set you up for greater discomfort and a reduced likelihood of recovery.
  • “Physical therapy doesn’t help.”: Some people undergo physical therapy, experience reduced pain, then end up right back where they started. However, by not undergoing physical therapy, you may fail to understand and address factors that contribute to your knee pain. A physical therapist can evaluate your body’s so-called “kinetic chain” and see if your body is hurting itself by overcompensating for weakness, performing different motions improperly, and so on.

Lack of Awareness of Contributing Factors

On the other hand, you can make your knee pain worse just by not knowing what to do about it. For example, you may be making your knee pain worse by continuing to engage in activities that are harming you. You may also be harming yourself or inhibiting your recovery by not putting the right assistive devices in place, such as a knee brace, walking device, bathroom railing, etc.

Knee Pain Management Clinic in Houston

At QualCare Rehabilitation, we know what it takes to get you back on your feet after a bout with knee pain. Our physical therapists have years of experience and can help you assess the factors that may be making your knee pain worse than it has to be. Our team is prepared to help you make informed decisions about how to manage your pain in a healthy way.

Contact us today to tell us how we can serve you, and schedule your first appointment with a member of our team.