The knee is the largest joint in the body and comprises the tibio-femoral joint and patello femoral joint. The knees carry the weight of our body and absorb shock ✨ from walking, running and jumping.
👉Knee health depends on the strength of the quads, hamstrings and adductors, flexibility of the hip flexors, mobility of the ankle and proper tendon loading. The quad is the main shock absorber for the knee.
👉Pedal stability is also essential for knee health as is pelvic alignment and stability. Glute strength is also a key factor in healthy knees.
➡️¼ adults will complain of knee pain in their lifetime
➡️symptomatic knee OA occurs in 10% of men and 13% of women 60+
➡️over 600K people have knee replacements every year (prevalence higher in women)
➡️knee pain is the 2nd most cause of chronic pain
➡️Obesity strong risk factor of knee pain
➡️OA most common cause of knee pain over 50
✳️According to Kutzner, et all, (Loading of the knee joint during daily activities of living, Journal of Biomechanics), the knee joint is highly loaded during daily life.
346% of your body weight goes thru the knees descending the stairs
316% ascending stairs
259% one legged stance
107% two legged stance
🔑Exercise is the most effective management of knee OA and training in multiple planes is key for stable, healthy knees.