Running is perhaps the simplest of sports. You don’t need more than a good pair of running shoes to start. There are no complicated maneuvers to learn.
There are, however, some bad habits that may put your body in trouble, particularly your knees. Your knees are subjected to more force than you probably thought every time your foot hits the ground as you run. This and several other factors make knee injuries common among runners of varying experience and body conditioning.
Addressing knee pain or injuries caused by running
Ligaments and tendons connect your patella or kneecap with your femur or thigh bone. With all the movement the patella goes through during a run, and sometimes when you change direction suddenly, the entire assembly may be pushed to its limits. This is when pain or injury may happen.
There are different types of knee injury. Today, many people with an injured knee may get surgery and return the knee to as close to normal as possible. Surgery is invasive, however, and there is no guarantee that it will succeed or what percentage of success it can achieve. This is why many patients look for alternatives that may work without surgery. One of those is stem cell therapy for knees, which involves letting the body heal itself with the use of your own cells. You may want to consider it before thinking about surgery.
Reducing the risk of knee injury
As a runner, you are already at a higher danger of developing knee problems down the road. There are practices that can help you avoid or reduce the possibility of injury to your knees, though. These include your choice of shoes, which should fit snugly and give your feet proper support. Before running, do some serious stretches, then start off with walking to condition your body for the increase in work it has to do. Running without warming up is like inviting injury. You should watch where you run, as well. For example, running on soil instead of concrete is much kinder to the knees.
Knee health is important for everyone, but even more so if running is your passion. Know about best practices to help you avoid injury, and know your options for treatment just in case your knees do get hurt.