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Buck Tilton is an avid hiker and outdoor enthusiast. He has shared some preventative measures for those with nagging knee pain as well as what to do if your knee acts up in the middle of a hike.
“First, a brief physiology lesson. It’s important, so look at the illustration below and get to know your knees. Now you’d think with all the cartilage, ligaments, and muscles, your knees would be super sturdy and last forever. But the fact is, of your skeletal system’s 187 bone-to-bone connections, none is more vulnerable to wear and tear, or the root cause of as many chronic problems, as the knee. Part of the reason is that the fittings are only moderately snug, and with the extreme demands we put on this joint while hiking, pain is often the result.”
For more on hiking, read HobbyHelp’s full guide for beginners! The article shares safety and clothing tips, where to hike, and much more!