What to do about knee pain?

Hi friends! Thank you so much for all of the kind comments and love surrounding baby P’s arrival, and for sharing in our joy during such a special time. We’re still getting settled, and I have some very special posts going up this week. I’m excited about today’s post because it was written by my good friend Jess. She is a Physical Therapist, fitness instructor, and wealth of knowledge for all things health and fitness- elated. We meet up for fitness dates, wine (before I got preg, but now we’ve gotta bring it back), and to let the kiddos play fairly often. Love this girl so much, and you will love this post about a common fitness-related injury/ailment that many of us have experienced or are currently struggling with: knee pain. Take it away, Jess. :)

I’m so excited to be here talking to you guys today while Gina and her family get some much needed bonding and resting time (resting is kind of a misnomer with a newborn, though!).

My name is Jessica Valant and I’m a physical therapist, Pilates instructor and group cycling instructor. I feel so lucky that I’ve gotten to know Gina and her amazing family over the past year. We moved to San Diego around the same time and quickly bonded over fitness, daughters and wine (we really like wine :). She is just as amazing in person as she is in her blog, and I’m so happy to call her my friend!

When I talked to her about topics for this post, she had lots of great ideas, but mentioned one in particular that made my ears perk up because I thought I just might be able to help.

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

Your knees crunch and crack when you go down into a deep squat. You get popping sounds in your knees when you walk down stairs. You sometimes feel like your knee might buckle when you step down off of a curb. You avoid lunges at all costs because of your knee pain.

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints I hear from my fitness clients and physical therapy patients, and I know how limiting and frustrating it can be.

While it may set you back temporarily, knee pain doesn’t have to slow you down permanently! There are some very simple exercises and movements you can do every day to help eliminate your pain and prevent it from returning.

Pilates for knees

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