My Knee Pain is Slowing Me Down

I have been nursing a painful knee for the past 2 weeks and it sucks! The good news is that I didn’t hurt my knee, per se. I have been doing HIIT 5 x week and I have not been stretching enough… I know, I don’t practice what I preach! But I barely have time to get through the workout before having to run to work. My stretching is often cut short as a result and now I am dealing with knee pain.

Causes of Knee Pain

So if I didn’t injure my knee, why does my knee hurt??? Well knee pain is actually more complicated than just the knee joint. There are several muscles that attach to the knee: the hamstring, quadriceps, popliteous, gastrocnemius, and the tibias anterior. Any injury, weakness, or tightness of the muscles can cause strain on the knee and result in knee pain.

Of course, the best practice is to stretch after every workout and prevent the tightening of the muscles. I didn’t follow my own advice and now I am focusing on stretching out my quadriceps while having to take it easy with exercise, not good!

Here are 5 Stretches for Knee Pain:

  1. Foam Roller for Quads, Hamstrings, and Calves.
    • The key here is to roll slowly and do not cross over any joints. Roll back and forth several times, one to two times daily, or immediately after exercising.
    • Knee Pain
  2. Wall Calf Stretch
    • Knee Pain
  3. Quadriceps Stretch
    • Knee Pain
  4. Single Hamstring Stretch
    • Knee Pain
  5. Knee Stretch
    • Knee Pain

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