After a lifetime of everyday use, the knee joint is an especially vulnerable joint as it continuously takes the full weight of the body. Any sudden movement or strenuous sporting activities can trigger an injury.
It’s thought that clicking knees when either sitting up or down is normal, but any lasting pain is not. Sometimes, a dull aching pain can be common in both knees at the same time, and is often magnified when sitting for prolonged periods, squatting or kneeling.
The problem that often occurs with knee joints is that there is an imbalance with the thigh muscle. For example, the inside muscle could be larger than the outside muscle and vice versa, which inevitably leads to inflammation.
To reduce the pain caused by the knee joint, you could choose to see a physiotherapist – as strengthening exercises will help to redress the muscle balance. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that this is a sort of condition that will naturally improve over time.
Similarly, losing weight is one of the best things that you can do to relieve knee pressure. It’s said that for every pound of weight lost, four pounds are relieved off the knee. Pilates is a great form of exercise to help you lose weight, build strength, enhance your posture and boost your mood, too.
If your symptoms get progressively worse, icing the front of the knee will reduce any swelling, and stretching will improve flexibility.