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One Cause of Knee Pain is Often Neglected

knee-painAs the American Academy of Pain Medicine indicates, more Americans suffer from chronic pain than from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined:

  • Chronic pain – 100 million people
  • Diabetes – 26 million people
  • Heart disease – 16 million people
  • Stroke – 7 million people
  • Cancer – 12 million people.

Knee pain is one of the most common forms of pain, with the American Osteopathic Association noting that one in three of us suffer from it.

If you are having trouble with your knees, it can be easier to move toward long-lasting relief when you consider a broad spectrum of contributing characteristics. They can include injury, genetics, growing older, and the need for weight loss.

While any of those elements can be causes of discomfort, you should also bear in mind an often-neglected characteristic known to aggravate these essential joints: unconditioned hips.

Why are weak hips causes of knee pain?

“The hip is a major weight-bearing joint,” reports Shubra Krishan of Care2, “with several ligaments and muscles that help you sit, stand, walk and run.”

Sitting for extended periods of time, as is common in office environments, gradually weakens the hips and raises the amount of pressure in the knees. Women are especially susceptible to lose hip strength in their middle and later years. A study conducted by the Texas Woman’s University assessed a pool of women across all age brackets, from their 20s to their 80s. It revealed that women in their 20s and 30s have hip abductor muscles that are 24% stronger than women who are over 54 years.

If your hips aren’t strong enough to properly support your body, you may feel discomfort in your groin, experience stiffness while getting in or out of a chair, and possibly even develop a limp. When these signs of muscular atrophy are present, they often serve as knee pain triggers, according to Dr. Tracy Dierks, a human motion analyst at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

“If the major muscles at the outside of the hip are not strong enough to keep your leg stable,” explains Dierks, “the thighbone may move inward when you walk or run.” In turn, the thighbone will grind against the rear of the patella (cap), resulting in deterioration of the cartilage. Because hip problems can impact the knees in this way, warning signs in the hips commonly serve as knee pain triggers.

Getting immediate and long-lasting relief

Could weak hips be causing your knee pain? Regardless the contributing elements, it is critical that these joints are treated properly to avoid muscular imbalances that arise from unnatural movements. Eliminate your knee pain with our safe and effective treatments today.

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