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Knocking out Knee Pain

Don’t let your knee pain hold you back this summer, Silver Cross offers a free program to help you find relief on June 15

Joliet, IL (June 3, 2011)—The knee is the largest joint in the body, so it is no surprise that knee problems develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or injury. The upper and lower bones of the knee are separated by two discs (menisci). The upper leg bone (femur) and the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) are connected by ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The surface of the bones inside the knee joint is covered by articular cartilage, which absorbs shock and provides a smooth, gliding surface for joint movement.

knee2Attend a free lecture with Dr. Henry Fuentes, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, on Wednesday, June 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to learn exercises and treatment options to help relieve your knee pain. This program, Knocking Out Knee Pain, will be held in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Register to attend at www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

“Although a knee problem is often caused by an injury to one or more of these structures, it may have another cause. Some people are more likely to develop knee problems than others. There are many factors such as  participation in physical activities, aging, gardening, or having a disease such as osteoporosis or arthritis that can increase your chances of having problems with your knees” says Dr. Henry Fuentes, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital.

Power in Prevention
It is important to protect your knee from continual wear and tear. Some helpful tips to help prevent or alleviate knee pain include:

  • Wearing your seat belt in a motor vehicle.
  • Being careful not to carry objects that are too heavy.
  • Using a step stool when reaching for items that are out of reach, use of chairs or other unsteady objects can apply pressure to the knee joints.
  • Wearing knee guards during sports or recreational activities, such as gardening.
  • Stretching before and after physical exercise, sports, or recreational activities to warm up your muscles. Be sure to stretch your hamstrings, calves, and back.
  • Using the correct techniques or positions during activities so that you do not strain your muscles. Consider taking lessons to learn the proper technique for sports. Have a trainer or person who is familiar with sports equipment check your equipment to see if it is well suited for your level of ability, body size, and body strength.
  • Avoiding repeated movements that can cause injury. In daily routines or hobbies, look at activities in which you make repeated knee movements and try to alternate that routine.
  • Wear shoes with good arch supports. Try to limit or avoid high-heeled shoes.
  • If you feel that certain activities at your workplace are causing pain or soreness from overuse, call your human resources department for information on other ways of doing your job or to talk about using different equipment.

 

About Dr. Henry Fuentes
Henry Fuentes, M.D., completed his orthopedic residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. His office is located with PMI Parkview Orthopedic Group, 1300 Copperfield Ave., Suite 4040.  To schedule an appointment, call (815) 727-3030.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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