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Does Your Knee Pain Shoot from the Hip?
Posted By Chris Freytag On July 6, 2009 @ 2:00 am In Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging | No Comments
If you ever experience joint pain when you walk, run, jog or cycle, this is a need-to-know: Ice, rest and knee supports  are not your only tools to ease and prevent that pain. In fact, research suggests that lower leg injuries are often attributed to weakness in the muscles that support the hips .
“The hip muscles  are responsible for stabilizing the leg during running,” explained Dr. Reed Ferber, lead researcher at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, in Reuters Health. “If these muscles are weak or become fatigued easily, there is less control of the leg, and the risk of injury increases. For example, if your hip abductors are weak, this will allow your knee to roll in and can cause pain under and around the kneecap .”
An estimated 70 percent of runners sustain an overuse injury each year; about half of those injuries occur in the knee. In addition to knee pain , shin splints, achilles tendonitis and foot pain  are also overuse complaints for runners.
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 knee supports: http://www.gaiam.com/product/strong+knees.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 hips: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/2-Min-Hip-Thigh-Toner.html
 hip muscles: http://www.gaiam.com/product/shape+make+over+your+hips%2C+butt+thighs+dvd.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 pain under and around the kneecap: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Best-Ways-to-Relieve-Prevent-Knee-Pain-5-Tips-from-a-Physical-Therapist.html
 knee pain: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Knee-Pain-Work-Your-Butt.html
 foot pain: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Restorative-Exercise-For-Foot-Pain.html
 walking workouts: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/WalkingTheBestWorkout.html
 running or cycling: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Best-CrossTraining-for-Your-Core-Sport.html
 squats, lunges: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/3-Keys-to-a-Better-Bum-A-Guide-to-a-Shapelier-Lower-Body.html
 leg lifts: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/3-Pilates-Butt-Toners-Supercharged-Without-a-Reformer.html
 Stretching the muscles around your leg joints: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Flex-During-Lunge-to-Protect-Joints.html
 low back pain: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Back-Pain-Rescue-An-MD-on-What-Works.html
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