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“Stroll Down A Pain Free Memory Lane!” 3 EASY STEPS TO HEALTHIER HIPS & KNEES

Just like taking care of your heart is necessary for cardiovascular health, your joints need attention to maintain a healthy state. Here are some easy tips that can help you take care of your knees, increase flexibility, and alleviate joint problems: 1. Stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps and adductor muscles each day. By keeping these muscles flexible, you can balance the forces on your knee joints. This allows your knee joint to bend and rotate while your patella (kneecap) tracks properly. 2. Keep the muscles around your hips and knees strong. Especially the gluteal and quadricep muscles. Studies show that adults, especially over 55, who have stronger gluteals and quadriceps tend to have less back and joint pain and more ability to do daily activities. 3. Exercise regularly. While this is good for the whole body, the knees especially need exercise to keep their cartilage healthy. The cartilage does

not have much blood supply and requires its nutrition from joint fluid. Most of the joint fluid absorbs into the cartilage only through movement and compression of the knee. Therefore, it is important to do weight bearing exercise such as walking, running and other sports. However, if you have arthritis, it is advised to do lower impact activities such as biking, elliptical machines, aquatic exercises, etc. Having a regular physical therapy checkup ensures that your joints are working at their peak performance. In addition, any problems will be discovered early, preventing the onset of arthritis and joint injury. If you do have arthritis or have had surgery, then a regular physical therapy checkup is especially important. If your attention is on that sore knee, then it is time you called us for a free knee joint analysis. Talk to one of our expert physical therapists today and see how life can be with freely moving knees. Call us today to speak with a physical therapist, or come on in for a free consultation at (316) 283-7187.

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