Penrose Physical Therapy
25
Mar 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Why Knee Pain Gets Worse When You Exercise

It is very frustrating to find that knee pain can get worse with exercise or by trying to do the “right” thing .  Let me help explain by telling a common story. I got this question sent to me yesterday by a “confused” reader of my newspaper articles suffering with knee pain, let’s call her ‘Michelle’: “Hey Jennifer, I’ve been suffering with pain in my right knee now for a few weeks. What I can’t put my finger on is what I did to make it start in the first place, and even more confusing is that it’s most painful when walking down the stairs, and only comes on 10 minutes into a run. Sometimes it aches, sometimes it feels tender and dull, but I don’t understand why I could run fine before and now I can’t, without having to stop after 10 minutes. Can you help?” There’s a good chance that the same thing is happening to Michelle as it does to most people this time of year… And it’s no surprise seeing as we’re now coming into Spring and heading into Summer quicker than we know it… This time of year we see more people than ever in the clinic suffering with painful knees. The reason why? Because it’s around this time of year that people decide to be more active and take things up like running and walking for longer distances. Even if they’re used to running, people tend to step it up and run a little longer than usual to… Read More
19
Mar 2018
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

How to fix knee pain!

Knee Pain: How To Stop Arthritis Before It Stops You   Many people just like you are becoming victims of knee pain. This is FAST becoming one of the most common things we see at Penrose Physical Therapy, but before I tell you why, have a look and see if this sounds familiar. There’s a similar pattern that emerges with knee pain (before arthritis sets in). It starts with a few clicks of the knees, just here and there. But nothing painful, and you think nothing of it. Then as the years go on, some of those clicks become painful, and they start to ache a little bit more, commonly under the knee cap and inside of the knee. Walking around the stores for a few hours and they begin to feel sore. Sound familiar? You should think of ‘click-y’ knees as a warning sign that something’s wrong so you can correct it before the damage is done and it’s too late. Could this be you? Here’s a few simple ways to help you check at home (best to stand in front of a mirror): 1. Which way are your knees facing? They should go straight forwards, not towards each other “knocked knees”, or away from each other either. 2. Now bend your knees to do a small squat, as if you were going to sit down onto a chair behind you (any clicks?). In that position look… Read More
11
Mar 2018
Jennifer Penrose
Author
Jennifer Penrose

3 things that could be making your knee pain worse!

This week I wanted to focus on the type of knee pain that slows you down in life, niggles when you walk up and down the stairs, hurts every time you bend down, aches when you sit and just generally leaves you feeling frustrated wondering when it’s finally going to wear off… If that’s the type of knee pain you have, you’re not alone. Painful knees are one of the most common things we see people living with at Penrose Physical Therapy. And a lot of people get frustrated because they don’t understand WHY it’s happening to them. Some people think knee pain is just a part of ‘getting old’, because a friend or close family member told them it happens to everyone. Some people think knee pain is one of those things that comes and goes, hoping it’ll magically disappear one day when they wake up… (but it ends up staying longer, and sometimes gets worse). The sudden onset of knee pain can be confusing. Sometimes it happens because of a nasty fall or a movement you did that set it off. But more often than not, we see people suffering with knee pain because of everyday habits we do without even realizing. Maybe these habits are making your knee pain worse too? I wanted to share with you 3 of the most common bad habits we see people doing… 1. Wearing The Wrong Shoes – It’s sad but true, your favorite pair of heels, or smart suit shoes, could… Read More

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