Knee osteoarthritis occurs when the soft tissue between your thigh and shinbones (femur and tibia) stiffens and degrades. As we live longer, most of us will experience some form of knee osteoarthritis. According to WebMD, “Most people over age 60 have osteoarthritis to some degree, but its severity varies.” Genetic predisposition and repetitive strain, such as occurs through certain activities and sports, can also play part.
Don’t be discouraged. There are ways to delay the onset of osteoarthritis and slow the progression.
Here is a short list of preventative measures.
- Stay active and watch your weight
- Consider wearing a knee brace
- Avoid carrying heavy loads or working in a crouched or kneeling position
- Eat the right foods
- Wear the right shoes
- Allow an injury to fully heal before returning to the activity
If you suffer from persistent knee pain, the first step is to talk to your doctor and develop a treatment plan.