My Knee is Stiff and Tight. What Can I Do?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions in our
clinic. It can be difficult for a person to know the right way to alleviate
stiffness in the knee if they don’t know what is causing it.
The most common causes of knee stiffness are pain, weakness,
disease and injury. This covers a wide range of possibilities for your
tightness, so it is important to know the way you treat it is safe and
Episodes of stiffness can vary in length from thirty minutes
to the duration of the day which can reduce mobility, increase pain and
decrease your confidence with normal activities.
That is why we have listed a few helpful points on how to
manage that frustrating tightness will not go away.
Stretching will help to improve the flexibility of your
joint which increases its ability to move through its full range of motion; in
other words, how far it can twist, bend and reach. The best time to stretch is
when the muscles are warm and pliable. This could be during a pilates class or
just after exercising.
Here are a couple of ways you can stretch your quadriceps
muscle. It is important to target this muscle because it can often become
overworked and cause tension in the knee.
It is a common misconception that resting a stiff knee will
help it get better. Strengthening your knee can give it the support it needs to
manage a day of walking, commuting and training without getting as stiff.
Moving your stiff knees can be tough but they won’t improve
unless you try moving them. Try some of the exercises below to get started. Movement
might be uncomfortable to begin with but if you avoid movement it will make the
joint stiffer. Remember, hurt does not mean harm!
Think about how your stiff joints feel after a warm shower
in the morning or after a long day of work. Do you feel rigid and sore or
comforted and soothed?
Heat can be very effective for chronic pain, stiffness and
muscle stress. It works by relaxing muscles, stimulating blood flow and
improving circulation. This can help increase your range of motion and get your
ready for activity.
Using a hot water bottle, heat pack or having a warm shower
for 20 minutes can be a quick and easy way to relieve stiffness in the knee.
You might read this and think “I’ve tried this and it’s not
getting any better” or “I still have so many questions”. We hear this a lot at
our clinic and having a talk with one of the physiotherapists can help move you
in the right direction.
Hands on treatment, exercise programmes, pilates and
education are just some of the services we provide to help give you the
confidence to manage your pain and stiffness.
If you would like a free consultation with one of our
physiotherapists to help answer some of your questions, click the link below to
get things started.
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