Knee pain happens when the knee is overused due to competitive or recreational sports, injury, or simply the amount of stress placed on this critical joint as New Yorkers move around the city.
Examples of people who can be prone to overuse include:
- Weekend warriors
- People with active lifestyles
- Senior citizens
- Busy professionals
- Everyday athletes
- Professional athletes
People in these professions use their knees every day for training or hard, manual labor.
Their knees don’t get as much rest as they need, so their knees can become weakened from continued exposure to stress.
Without medical intervention, overuse can (and often does) lead to osteoarthritis.
Glute inhibition (Glute Amnesia) is a major cause of faulty biomechanics of the knee. Glute inhibition is caused by prolonged sitting or overactive Quadriceps and hip flexors while running.
Inhibited Gluteus Maximus will cause a runner to over use their quadriceps and increase the stress under the patella (knee cap) causing pain under the patella while walking, running and sitting. Common diagnoses that are caused by inhibited glutes are patella femoral syndrome, ITB syndrome, patella tendonitis, hamstring tendonitis, calf strains, and meniscus tears.
Researchers have found that women are 18% more prone to osteoarthritis than men.
Some experts believe that this is due to the unique structure of the female body.
Having wider hips, for example, affects the alignment of the knee.
This can cause extra stress on the inside of the knee, which can lead to knee pain.
Weight can also play a massive role in knee pain.
Researchers have found that obesity is a major cause of osteoarthritis, especially at the knee.
This is because obesity may result in lack of exercise. The lack of exercise can cause knees to weaken, so the knee’s ability to handle stress shrinks drastically.
Without the right treatment and lifestyle improvement, weight can cause knees to gradually get worse over time.