When you experience knee pain when going down stairs, it often is a sign of an issue with your patella (knee cap) and its ability to move around. Your patella (knee cap) is a relatively small bone but it is placed under extreme pressure during everyday activities. To be able to withstand these forces, the patella (knee cap) is lined with a thick layer of cartilage on the back.
The 5 most common medical conditions that can cause Knee pain while going downstairs are:
- Muscle weaknesses (quadriceps and hamstrings)
- Runner’s Knee
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Depending on the diagnosis and the causes of the knee pain, your orthopedic doctor advises you any of the following treatment regimens: such as
Finding an experienced orthopedic doctor in the specific issue can speed along the healing process greatly. At HealthClues, We can help you to find an experienced orthopedic doctor to treat a certain condition, injury, or disease one that has the ability to provide the best care.
Getting rid of your knee pain going downstairs is easy:
- Take Rest
- Apply ice
- Reduce or eliminate repetitious activity until healed
- Elevate the knee when you can
- Take a pain relieving medication such as Ibuprofen
- Make use of adhesive tape: Apply adhesive tape around your kneecap to maintain knee alignment also for pain relief while you are going down stairs.
- Exercises: Doing stretches and kneecap exercises may be helpful. General strengthening exercises can also help. You can also wear a knee strap under your kneecap. This will take some pressure away from the joints, significantly bringing down the pain.
Exercises (low impact) for Building Muscles around the Knee joint and Preventing Pain While going downstairs:
Riding a stationary bicycle, Swimming and doing low impact aerobic exercises to warm up and strengthen the quadriceps muscles so as to support the knee in a safe manner.
Hamstring Curl for Building up Knee Muscle Strength:
Stand behind a chair holding the chair back as a support. Raise your leg towards your butts in a way that the lower leg, heel, and the knee remain perfectly at 90 0 to the body. Hold the position still for about 5-10 sec. Lower the foot and change your legs to repeat the same steps.
Lie on your back; keep one knee raised with heel on the floor. Keep the other leg straight and raise it to a comfortable level. Hold for Five seconds and put it down. Repeat the same with the other leg.
Weight loss exercises to Prevent Knee Pain While Going Downstairs:
Apart from the above exercises and moves; the special workouts helpful in reducing your weight can also help you get rid of the knee pain while downstairs in case you are overweight or in case your weight is putting additional pressure on your kneecap. The most important aspect of any fast weight loss plan is action. Aerobic exercise offers specific benefits related to weight reduction including Aerobic exercise burns calories. You can try a combination of exercise to reduce your body weight and improve muscle strength.
- Jumping the rope
- Weight training
- Side/backward running
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Dr. Kaleem Mohammed graduated as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014 from Deccan College of Physiotherapy, affiliated to Dr. N.T.R. University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, India. Dr. Kaleem is an expert at handling physiotherapy needs of patients suffering from orthopedic and spinal conditions and post-surgery rehabilitation. Dr. Kaleem is associated with HealthClues since its inception where he facilitates diagnosis and advanced consultation with senior doctors. He is also a medical researcher and prolific writer who loves sharing insightful commentaries and useful tips to educate the patient community about fitness, treatment options, and post-treatment recovery.