The ache often starts underneath your kneecap or on the front of your knee. But the solution to knee pain may lie higher, in the hips.
Strengthening hips using tools like the TheraBand CLX could ease runner’s knee and similar conditions, research shows. In one study, two simple hip-focused moves relieved women’s kneecap pain in eight weeks. In another, 85 percent of women sidelined with knee pain returned to their sports after a 12-week hip-strengthening program.
Why? Especially in women, weak muscles turn the hips inward. As a result, your knees cave and knock when you run, putting extra pressure on the joint. On the flip side, strong stabilizing muscles align your hips and knees properly—so you can move pain-free.
Don’t wait until you’re hurt to shore up strength. Use these moves anytime to prevent knee pain and even reduce your risk of injuring your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).
Goals: Manage/prevent: Sprains; Strains; ACL, Hip, Groin and Knee injuries