Millions of Americans are affected by debilitating chronic knee pain, which can have an impact on all aspects of their lives, including work. Multiple research studies have shown the occupational activities that can be the biggest challenge for people with knee osteoarthritis (OA), or may even make it worse, are repeatedly squatting, kneeling, climbing, lifting, standing and carrying heavy loads. Click here to learn more .
To raise awareness of the impact of careers on OA, Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski and DePuy Synthes Companies are teaming up to launch “Hardest Working Knees,” which is designed to highlight why some occupations are harder than others for people with knee OA, and what people can do to keep their knees healthy and help alleviate chronic knee pain.
There are many ways to manage knee pain to help keep knees healthy as we age. If you have knee pain that is mild, it may be managed with pain medication, physical therapy and/or hyaluronic acid injections. Always check with your doctor to determine the best treatment option for you. If your OA becomes severe, knee replacement surgery might be right for you. Click here to download a tip sheet with exercises and stretches that can help keep your knees healthy and prevent injury.