3 Ways to Avoid Knee Surgery

Approximately 700,000 knee replacements and 60,000 to 75,000 ACL reconstructions are performed each year in the United States. Recovery from surgery can last several months, which can muck up your vacation plans. Knee surgery may be necessary, but there are times when it can be avoided. How? I am glad you asked!

1. Core Exercises
Core exercises can strengthen the hip (gluteal) muscles and the abdominal muscles, which protect the knee joint from stress. Are you really surprised I am espousing core training? I was going to have knee surgery, but after 2 months of only doing core exercises, my knee pain vanished (and my gluteal muscles were really sore)!

2. Good Footwear
Every person with knee pain whom I have worked with has had flat feet or their big toe was pointed inwards. Big, bulky shoes and high heels weaken the feet muscles, which forces the knee joint (and ankle joint) to over compensate, resulting in weak ankles and painful knees. The fix is simple: Natural strike shoes and Correct Toes® re-orient the position of the toes and strengthen the foot muscles.
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3. Sleep
Yes, you need more sleep! Soft tissue heels faster when the body is resting and sleeping more (and core exercises) will help fix achy joints and sore muscles. Binge watching Netflix is not helping you recover, and may in fact, be speeding up that trip to the orthopedic surgeon.

Knee surgery can sometimes be avoided,
which is something you will never hear. Here is something else no one will tell you; ten minutes of core exercises daily, switching to natural strike shoes, and sleeping more is cheaper than having surgery. With all that extra cash, you can go on vacation!

Jon has more than 40,000 hours as a personal trainer and can be reached at info@CoreFitnessNJ.com or 732-475-0142.

Read about Jon’s success story here.