Be Kind to Your Knees

Summer 2006 CSANews Issue 59  |  Posted date : May 28, 2007.Back to list

Knee problems seem to be a common occurrence among older adults. This is because older adults are remaining more active as they age, thereby putting more strain on aging joints.

High-impact activities, such as running, jogging, tennis and racquetball, can cause a condition known as osteoarthritis. This occurs when the cartilage lining in the bones begins to wear away, resulting in pain and lack of function and mobility. As osteoarthritis progresses, sufferers may need to resort to medication, physical therapy, mechanical aids or surgery.

The best way to minimize the risk of developing osteoarthritis is to replace high-impact activities with low-impact alternatives, such as swimming, stretching, cycling and golf. Your knees will thank you for it!