Knee pain is usually caused by injuries or by the age-related deterioration of the tissue in the knee, especially in the joint. While knee cartilage is difficult to rebuild and the surgical interventions used for restoring knee health are usually complicated and come with long healing times, knee pain Denver experts confirm that targeted knee strengthening exercises can help a lot. Here are some easy ones that are very efficient, too:
- Straight leg raises – this exercise puts no strain on the joint, but it is great for fortifying the quadriceps. It is also very easy to perform: just lie on your back, bend one leg at the knee, straighten the other one and raise the straightened leg in sets of 10-15 repetitions;
- Prone straight leg raises – this exercise strengthens the back of the thigh. It is the exact opposite of the previous exercise, you need to lie on your stomach and raise one of your legs straight;
- Calf raises – the muscles in your calf can take a lot of stress away from the knee joint, so their strength is very important. To make them stronger, just a grab the back of a stable chair and raise your heels as high as you can. Do three sets of 10-15 reps.