The Most Ridiculous Knee-Pain Article Ever?

I have to respond to an article I read on today. It was, quite possibly, the silliest article I’ve ever read about knee pain. The article was giving “common-sense” advice on how to eliminate knee pain. You can read the article in its entirety HERE. I’m going to take it one section at a time.

No more knee pain

The number-one secret for happy knees? Stay at a healthy weight. Every extra pound you pack on puts about 4 extra pounds of pressure on your knees when you walk or take the stairs.

“Women often come in complaining of knee pain, and it turns out it started after they put on just 5 or 10 pounds,” said Dr. Sara Edwards, an orthopedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Once you shed that excess weight, though, symptoms improve—and sometimes even disappear.

Aaaahhh…yes. Your knees hurt because you’re FAT! While I don’t doubt the fact that every extra pound adds 4 extra pounds of pressure on your knees, I have one question: If your knee pain is due to weight…how fat is your other knee? Let that sink in for a minute.


Don’t bound up and down stairs

Unless you’re in great shape, his puts serious stress on your kneecaps: “If you weigh 150 pounds, that can mean as much as 600 pounds going through your knees,” said Robert Gotlin, DO, director of orthopedic and sports rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Walk, and hold onto the railing for added support.


Did you know that the arch in your foot is designed to withstand 10-12 times your body weight? According to Dr. Gotlin, the knee can’t support 600 pounds of pressure, yet the teeny-tiny arch can support (literally) a TON of weight (A 200 pound man x 10 = 2,000 pounds of pressure)? Oh, how fragile our knees have become!


Don’t stroll on the grass

If you have osteoarthritis or have ever had a knee injury, choose sidewalks or worn paths instead of grass or cobblestone, which put more strain on your knees and up your risk of tripping.


How in the world would walking on grass put more strain on your knees? If you had a choice, would you rather walk around barefoot on a golf course, or a sidewalk? That’s what I thought.


Don’t overdo squats and lunges

Don’t bend your leg beyond a 90-degree angle; make sure your knee stays directly over your foot.


Never stand up out of, or sit down in, a chair again. Ever.


Work your inner thighs

Strong hip adductor muscles (a.k.a. inner thigh muscles) are crucial for absorbing stress while you walk, so you’re not straining your knee. A simple way to start: Try squeezing your knees together whenever you’re sitting.


I actually like this suggestion, but not because you’re strengthening your adductors. I like it because the end result of the squeezing motion is balancing out your hips, which is the true reason why your knee hurts.


Don’t set the bike seat too low in spin class

Make sure you’re sitting high enough that your knee straightens out when the pedal is at its lowest point.


If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know I’m an avid cyclist and triathlete. I’ve never, not once, been told that my knee should go completely straight when the pedal is at its lowest point. This just doesn’t make any sense to me. Proper fit is important on a bike, but you should not be at full knee extension at the bottom of the down stroke.

QUESTION: What are your thoughts on the advise from