Knee pain can be caused by traumatic injury, overuse, medical conditions such as osteoarthritis or poor posture. More specifically, the pain is often the result of misalignment of the bones, which can produce inflammation, irritation, and other damage such as tears to the ligaments, tendons, bursa, or cartilage. The pain may be treated in a number of ways, including cold therapy, compression, elevation, rest, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, orthotics, braces, dietary supplements (glucosamine and chondroitin), injections, surgery and total replacement.
How the Gokhale Method can help
|You can learn not to overuse your knees in bending. Many of us were taught to bend with our knees to spare our backs, but this can wear the knees, especially if they are badly aligned. Ideally, most everyday bending involves hinging at the hips, with knee bending reserved for very demanding tasks.|
|Misalignment of the knees can speed up the wear and tear to the ligaments, menisci, and bone surfaces in the joint. Because most surfaces in modern industrialized societies lack contours, the foot loses its natural arch, resulting in an overall internal rotation of the entire leg (especially affecting the knee). Internal rotation of the knee puts extra stresses and strains on the ligaments, menisci, tendons, bones and bursa of the knee, increasing potential for pain. It is necessary to restore the natural inner arch of the foot and a healthy balance between the external and internal rotators of the leg to optimize knee health.|
|The common habit of standing with locked knees also results in cumulative damage.|
Where can I learn more?
Knee health is covered in Sessions 1, 2, 4, and 5 of the Gokhale Method Foundations course, and in Lessons 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8 of the self-help book: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back. Most knee problems are also connected to the way we walk and stand, which are covered in the 3rd and 5th sessions of the six-session course, and Lessons 6 and 8 of the book.
* Information provided is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.