Knee pain is a common complaint among senior citizens, and, unfortunately, it often goes untreated.
This is due in part to the fact that, for seniors, surgery for knee pain is quite expensive and often doesn’t help. In fact, it usually creates more problems than it solves since recovering from surgery is much more difficult for seniors than it is for younger people.
Instead of going under the knife, many seniors can benefit from implementing exercises into their routine that help strengthen the muscles around the knee
Read on to learn four exercises that can help seniors relieve knee pain and maintain an active lifestyle.
Common Causes of Knee Pain
Before you implement exercises to try and treat knee pain, it’s important to first determine the cause of knee pain. Some common conditions that contribute to knee pain in senior citizens include:
Tendinitis (inflammation of the tendons in the knee joint)
Bursitis (inflammation of the bursae, a sac of fluid that allows the joint to move smoothly)
Chondromalacia (softening and wearing down of the cartilage in the knee)
Meniscal tears (a tear in the cartilage that often contributes to inner knee pain)
Osteoarthritis (inflammation of the joints that is often brought on by age, wear and tear, and/or weight gain)