Why Healthy Knees make such a difference to your Wellbeing

| September 16, 2015 | Reply

by David Angotti from Neocart

Despite the fact that your knees are the largest joints in your body, they also happen to be the most susceptible to injury.

Keeping your knees healthy and in good working order will make a positive contribution to your wellbeing but unfortunately, painful injuries such as ACL tears and tendonitis are a common occurrence.

Understanding the anatomy of your knee and what can go wrong, will help you to follow some exercises and take precautions to protect your knee from injury as much as possible, so that you can enjoy a more healthy and mobile lifestyle.

healthy kneesTraumas and injuries

As a general observation, many knee injuries tend to fall into two main categories, macro traumas and injuries caused by overuse of the knee.

A macro trauma describes incidents such as when you manage to tear tendon or cartilage, often as a result of a twist or a turn whilst running or playing a sport. A tear can often happen when you stop short with your feet planted in one direction and manage to force your knee in a different direction as a result.

An overuse injury is simply a case of asking too much of your knee in one go, without taking enough rest.

Traumas and injuries are definitely not completely avoidable but there are ways to reduce the risk of injury if you take steps to exercise properly and think about what you are asking your knee to do.

How your knees work

In order to understand how these injuries can happen to your knee, it will help if you have a reasonable grasp of how your knees work.

A major component of your knees are ligaments, which are the stabilisers that work to hold your knee together. There are two on each side of your knee and are designed to prevent your keen from moving side to side, with one ligament on the inside and outside to prevent it from collapsing in either direction.

A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can happen in an instant, when you take a false step or experience a sideways collision whilst playing a sport or some other activity where an unexpected impact occurs.

Cartilage

Another vital component of your knees is cartilage and your knee contains two different types.

One type of cartilage creates a coating over the surface of your bones which allows them to glide past each other without any discomfort or friction. The common issue with this cartilage is that it can wear away through stress and misalignment, with the subsequent bone-on-bone result creating pain and an increased chance of arthritis.

The other type of cartilage is the meniscus, which acts as a shock absorber for your knees.

Protecting your knees

It is inevitable that years of running, kneeling and stooping will eventually have an impact on the condition of your knees and women are in fact up to six times more vulnerable to knee injuries than men.

Women have naturally wider pelvises than men and this causes their thighs to slant inwards, creating a greater strain on your knees as a result.

Male or female, exercise is a part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle so you should not curtail physical activities like running or tennis for example, but these high impact sports can have an effect on your knees, so listen to your body and give your knees a chance to rest and also consider activities like yoga and swimming which will help to maintain muscle strength and are often kinder to your knees.

Author Bio: David Angotti is working at Neocart, a company that manufactures an investigational cartilage tissue implant to treat certain knee cartilage injuries. The proprietary procedure uses regenerative medicine technology to create hyaline-like cartilage tissue from a patient’s own cells.

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