Most of us experience knee pain from time to time. However, if the pain has been increasing with physical activity or you experience pain with daily motions, like taking stairs or driving, you may be experiencing problems associated with postural mechanics. You have heard of the phrase, “use it or lose it.” Well this may not be far from the truth.
Unfortunately for most, finding the time for the recommended physical activity necessary to maintain function is difficult to accomplish. This combined with occupations that keep us sedentary for the majority of the day inevitably leads to biomechanical changes in the structures of the hips, legs, and torso that predispose us to knee problems.
Use it or lose it! Your body is very efficient at manipulating energy reserves and resources. The body’s “decision” about which structures receive the energy and resources to maintain function is the accumulated result of physical stresses from movement. If you are sitting for the majority of the day, then over time your body will adapt resources so you are better at sitting and not so good at moving. Muscle, tendon, and ligaments lose strength, elasticity, and length. Weight bearing bone surfaces and structures within the joint become softer and lose mineral density. In short, after sitting for years you will have changed your musculoskeletal system in such a way that walking and standing become uncomfortable and painful.
What to do? Start slowly, begin be walking. Try 10 minutes of continuous waking daily and add 5 minutes per week until you are at 45-60 minutes. Nothing is better at restoring function than walking; your body is made for it. It takes 4-8 weeks for the body to adapt to the stress. Walking strengthens nearly all body systems, and it is free. Next, get with a professional and learn about stretching and corrective exercises.