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:
- Foam Roller for Quads, Hamstrings, and Calves.
- Wall Calf Stretch
- Quadriceps Stretch
- Single Hamstring Stretch
- Knee Stretch