The All Familiar Knee Pain
The knee is a complex joint that is highly susceptible to injuries. Since the knee absorbs 80% of our body weight while standing, it is at a high risk for injury. The knee joint is surrounded by a large thigh muscle in front of the leg (the quadriceps), an equally large muscle at the back of the leg (the hamstring), Calf muscles and a long band of connective tissue that stretches from the hip bone, running alongside the outside of the thigh, down to the outside of the knee (the iliotibial band).
As we age the hamstring starts weakening faster than the quadriceps. This imbalance is one of the main causes of knee pain, aside of ligament tears, worn out cartilages, arthritis etc. Women have a four to six times greater chance of sustaining serious knee injuries than men due to softer ligaments and tendons
Simple exercises can strengthen your knees and avoid knee pain
- Wide angled squats
- Standing Calf raises
- Hamstring curl on stability ball