When a senior citizen is faced with a knee injury, the result may be painful and, at first, immobilizing. The pain may well discourage the knee patient from pursuing a course of stretching and exercising, but the fact is that this therapeutic strategy is quite often the wisest route to follow.
In most knee-recovery situations a prudent solution will be centered on a sensible program of exercise. Such a course of rehabilitation will normally be progressive and will proceed in such a way to guard against the risk of re-injuring the knee. This is accomplished by starting out simply and slowly, and then gradually progressing through the levels the patient applies to the treatment. Moving slowly, but steadily, through the early steps of such a program also has the desired effect of strengthening the knee as it heals.
An important element in such elderly assistance exercise programs is the process of stretching. As we grow older, it’s natural to find ways to economize our movements. Just the process of getting in and out of a chair may be painful and problematic, so in time we tend find the “path of least resistance” in the way we accomplish any daunting task. If something hurts when we do it, we seek ways to perform the motion while encountering the least discomfort. This is one of the factors that make stretching a difficult threshold to overcome.
There are several forms of stretching that ultimately allow for strengthening the knee joints, and you should clear them with your physician prior to beginning them. However, the likelihood is that your doctor will see your commitment to stretching as a sign that you are not willing to become immobilized by your injury. Instead, it shoes that you’re determined to resume the level of mobility you enjoyed prior to your knee injury and this is the kind of attitude a physician hopes you will have. Your doctor can give you a set of stretching exercises that will prepare you for the progressive stress exercises that will follow once you’ve reached the level of nimbleness that will protect you from re-injury.
Your doctor will probably recommend a simple stretching program that will require no special equipment. Rather, you may utilize a chair for many of the stretches in your routine. These actions will prepare your knee for the next step, the program of actual strength-training exercises that will help your knee return to a better state of mobility. Again, share this plan with your physician and he or she will recommend the type of exercises you are ready to graduate to.
Your doctor knows your case better than anyone else so always work closely with them in formulating and following an action plan that will work best for you. You needn’t be content to suffer knee pain when the combination of stretching and exercise, properly followed, may save you from a world of hurting and limited mobility.