- Maintaining strong and healthy knees is an essential part of going about your everyday activities. One bad fall can prevent you from doing the activities you love and knee surgery may be the only solution to get you back on your feet. The average recovery time from knee surgery is six months, and upward to a year before you can return to sports or more physical activities. The recovery process can be long and daunting, so we’re here to help with tips to speed up your recovery after the most common types of knee surgeries.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting millions of people around the world. According to the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), osteoarthritis is a disorder of the joints that causes inflammation and affects the body’s ability to repair injuries. Osteoarthritis can start when your body’s repair processes cannot keep up with the amount of stress placed on your joint. If your joints don’t get the exercise they need to stay mobile and strong, they will start to adapt to these conditions, making them painful to move and less tolerant
to activity. It can be challenging, but it’s important to find the balance between too much and too little physical activity; helping to keep your joints healthy as you age.
The knee is the most commonly injured joint in the human body. As your largest joint, everyday wear and tear can easily cause you discomfort. The causes of knee injuries range from simple trips or falls that heal in a few days, to larger accidents, which may require surgery or months of therapy to recover from.
When it comes to your knees, there’s a lot that could go wrong. The source of your knee pain could be one of many conditions including arthritis, a strain or sprain, jumper’s knee (patellar tendinitis), or runner’s knee. In addition, your knee pain may be caused by problems with your back, hips, or feet.
My name is J.J. and I am a recovering patella strain victim; the struggle is day-to-day. If you fail to keep your body limber and mobile, that nagging, lock-up pain is sure to creep back in. For some, the effect of runner’s knee or jumper’s knee is not only a physical discomfort, but can also be a trigger for psychological issues such as depression and anxiety.
Spring Loaded’s bionic knee brace provides a new world of possibilities for humans in the future, but as a veterinarian, I can also appreciate it for the possibilities for animals. People do not realize that dogs (and our other furry friends) can also suffer from debilitating knee injuries that leave them with arthritis and pain. With just a few simple modifications, we could offer the bionic brace as an affordable alternative to expensive surgeries that can still leave dogs with decreased mobility and future pain from arthritis. This can also be expanded to police, military, and therapy dogs who are forced to retire early due to these common injuries suffered during their jobs. Imagine being able to help with pain for the next canine officer that can remain on the streets to help protect you and your family.
When I was 15, I was an avid hiker, competitive kayaker, and runner. I was (and still am) one of those people who really enjoy physical challenge. I love pushing my body as hard as it will let me. That summer, I averaged six hours a day on the water and another two on dry land doing lake runs and other cardio activities. I was getting faster and stronger every day, it was the kind of training they make montages about in the movies. Then, with about two weeks left in the summer, I traded my worn-out sneakers for a new pair. My first run on them was 22km, and left my knees wrecked.
Here’s the weird thing about working at Spring Loaded: people are actually interested in what I do. In other engineering jobs I’ve had, I would often get a polite response and a change of topic. (Oh, you test concrete? Cool. Did you see the hockey game last night?) But when I tell people about what we do here at Spring Loaded, the questions come fast, and keep coming.
What’s so special about the quadriceps? After all, they’re just one of many muscle groups in the body. ‘Quadriceps’ refers to a group of four muscles on the front of the thigh that are responsible for straightening your knee. Seems pretty simple. We keep hearing about how important the “core” is, and of course, everyone loves a great set of glutes… but what’s the big deal with the quads? More»