Knees take a beating. Whether you are walking, jogging, or just performing everyday activities, you put pressure on your knees.
This revealing information is provided by —
Harvard Health Publications:
Let’s look at weight and your knees. When you walk on level ground, the force on your knees is the equivalent of 1½ times your body weight. That means a 200-pound person will put 300 pounds of pressure on their knees with each step. Add incline, and the pressure is even greater: the force on each knee is two to three times your body weight when you walk up and down stairs, and four to five times your body weight when you squat to tie a shoelace or pick up an item you dropped.
Our ability to withstand incredible forces on our knees can be exceeded and result in minor injuries, such as strains and sprains, or major injuries, such as torn ligaments, tendons, muscles or damage to cartilage. During Wimbledon 2017 The Championships, Bethany Mattock-Sands ruptured her patellar tendon. This is an excellent example of a fit, lean, professional athlete sustaining a debilitating injury.
Pre-existing joint damage from arthritis, trauma or anatomic abnormalities adds a further mechanical burden on normal joint function. Athletes will want to do everything they can to reduce the risk of injury and manage the risks they cannot eliminate. Weight reduction, flexibility/strength training, and sensible training habits are among the controllable risks.
What options do athletes who have active musculoskeletal problems have to reduce pain?
Let’s address two of the most common knee injuries: Osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, or DJD) and Patellar Tendonitis
1.) Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Osteoarthritis is a progressive and irreversible degenerative condition that can occur independent of trauma, overuse or the inevitable aging process. This type of joint inflammation usually involves large joints such as the spine, hips, and knees but can also be detected in smaller joints. The most severe forms of degenerative joint disease frequently leads to total joint replacement to control chronic pain. In the less severe forms, activity can result in severe pain and is usually eased by rest.
Athletes have reported that knee compression wraps and knee compression sleeves can improve functional movement and even reduce pain.
RestoraLife is giving chronic pain and arthritis sufferers new hope with Regenerative Medicine (Stem Cells, PRP, Laser Therapy). Results indicate improved cartilage growth and added mobility. Also, these revolutionary treatments stop the degenerative process in its tracks; keeping the OA condition from worsening.
2.) Patellar Tendonitis
Patellar tendonitis, also know as Jumper’s Knee, is recognized as inflammation of the patellar tendon. This tendon attaches to the inferior patellar margin and the proximal tibia. This tendon is necessary to extend the knee and is used repetitively in endurance sports and explosively with jumping or sprinting sports. It’s important to emphasize that proper weight, strength and flexibility activities are essential to proper function.
Bands that are designed to assure proper alignment of the patellar tendon can reduce the side-to-side movement of the patella and the resultant improper mechanics. However, many devices apply posterior pressure on the tendon and patella and are uncomfortable to wear.
Stem Cells are a great option to avoid surgery and medications for pain caused by Patellar tendonitis. Stem Cells can heal and regrow tendons, muscles, bone and more. Stem cells will become any cell that the body needs, due to injury. When stem cells multiply, they are able to heal the body faster, naturally and more effectively than masking the pain with drugs or other devices.
If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic pain due to injury, call RestoraLife for a complimentary consultation to see which of our Regenerative Medicine treatments are best for you. (321) 610-1848