If your knees are sore, it may seem better to skip exercise than to make a trip to the gym.
But the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says exercise may actually help strengthen aching knees, reducing stress on the joints and helping to alleviate pain.
The academy says stronger muscles that support the knee joints will provide:
- Greater muscle strength, leading to better ability of the knees to absorb shock.
- Greater muscle flexibility, reducing knee soreness.
- Less strain on the knee, helping to prevent additional injury.
Health Tip: Is It Arthritis That's Irritating Your Knee?
Arthritis can affect any joint, but weight-bearing joints such as the knee are particularly vulnerable.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these common symptoms of knee arthritis:
- Swelling and stiffness.
- Trouble straightening or bending the knee.
- Pain that tends to worsen in the morning, after resting, or after activities such as climbing stairs, kneeling or walking.
- Pain and stiffness that seem to coincide with changes in weather.