Exercises for the painful knee

A number of factors can contribute to knee pain. Your doctor will be able to tell you which one may be the culprit. Knee pain is a very common problem among recreational athletes and is usually due to overuse. Patellofemoral syndrome is the most common type of chronic injury. It is caused by an irritation of the undersurface of the knee cap. Overuse pain can result from the pounding shocks absorbed during jogging, hiking, or downhill running. Knock-knees can cause pain, as can flatfeet. Previous injury to the knee or weakness of the front and inner thigh muscles are sometimes responsible.

Treatment usually consists of reducing the inflammation with rest, medicines (like ibuprofen and Naprosyn), and ice. Exercises that help strengthen the knee are also essential.

To ensure your permanent return to normal daily activities, perform both stretching and strengthening exercises every day. Swimming is particularly good for knee problems. Initially you may want to try some of the following exercises in the water to relieve strain and discomfort until your muscles heal. When you stretch, do so slowly without bouncing, and don't wait until you feel pain to stop. Moderate stretching is all you need.

Exercises for the knee, set 1

Use your judgment. When your knee hurts, avoid sports that may aggravate knee problems. Total rest may be necessary. When your knee gets better after treatment and continued exercise, you should be able to enjoy the activities you participated in before the injury.