I was starting to have “crabby” knees, and decided I had to do something about it.
I remembered working with a man who had severe damage to both knees. He told me he could walk without pain, even on stairs, as long as he kept the muscles around his knees strong. He did this with machine weight training.
If your legs feel weak, or achey, here’s a solution for you.
We were built for movement and when we don’t move enough – when we spend too much time in a chair or car – our leg muscles get out of balance and lose strength. Balance and strength occur when we use our legs. When we use our legs, and they are strong, we feel stable instead of weak.
When your legs are out of balance – some muscles are weaker than others – then you get aches and pains in your legs. When your muscles are out of balance, they pull on the bones in a different way than they are supposed to. This causes arthritis.
If a doctor looked at an x-ray of any one of us, he or she would say, “Oh, you have arthritis.”
When the doctor can see bony changes in an x-ray, the assumption is that’s the reason for our hip pain as well as any other complaints we have.
Well, maybe. Maybe not.
We all have changes in our bones and joints that show up on x-rays. Do we all have pain?