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Knee and hip pain can be, well… a pain!
But, it is easy to forget that this pain doesn’t just affect you physically. It can also impact the relationships you have.
My Sources of Knee and Hip Pain that Affect Relationships
In my life, knee and hip pain come on a sporadic basis.
When I shared about it a few months ago, I had just wrapped up a job where I stood on concrete for 6 hours a day. Even with good shoes, that takes a toll on your body!
Well, I have since taken a new job that also has me on my feet. I am now working as a night auditor at a local hotel 2 days per week with the occasional morning or evening shift to help fill staffing needs.
An upside for the night audit shift is that I usually get an hour or so OFF my feet. I bring my Kindle and read in the lobby so I can quickly answer the phone or help a guest as needed.
But, I still spend 6 to 7 hours ON my feet during the shift. However, most of the time I am moving about rather than standing in one spot. Plus, the front desk stations have those nice gel padded mats for us to use.
Even with that, I had some serious pain issues crop up at times.
One source was my trying to keep costs down by wearing an older pair of black shoes the first month on this job. By the end of that time, the soles had completely deteriorated. No wonder my knees, hips and lower back were in pain!
My husband insisted I spend the money on good shoes that supported me. It has definitely helped!
Pain Impacts Your Relationships
As I said, many people do not think about how pain takes its toll on your relationships.
My family enjoys hiking and that’s something where I am seriously limited in my abilities. I have a double whammy of avoiding things that lead to pain as well as breaking out in hives as my body temperature rises.
We’ve had to compromise with some easier hikes that include me and having the boys go off without me to do more strenuous ones.
When it gets bad, it also impacts my ability to be intimate with my husband. After all, who wants to think about that stuff when you are in pain! I’m not alone as many have reported an improvement in intimacy when the source of their pain has been addressed.
Aside from limited what you can do with your loved ones, pain can lead to emotional tension as well. People close to you can sense this and might distance themselves in the process. That’s the exact opposite of what we most often need!
Ways I Tackle Knee and Hip Pain & Strengthen My Relationships
Aside from changing out your shoes and making sure you are not just standing in one spot, a great way to help with your pain is to get moving.
Yes, I know it might seem counterintuitive to do so. But, I truly believe being in motion more helps in the long run.
For me, that means not just motion at work but also taking walks or mild hikes with the family. Recently, we visited Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs to behold the natural wonder.
Walking from the visitor center was made easy with mostly paved paths and wearing a good pair of supportive hiking boots.
I also look to strength bearing exercise (even if it uses just your body weight!) to help strengthen the muscles that support my joints. Lunges and squats do a lot more than lift your rear!
Finally, a skilled massage therapist can help to ease the tension that leads to additional issues. I adore the sense of relaxation that comes after a good massage session. And, I can feel a relief in pain when I am no longer tensing those muscles.
When You Need More Help with Knee & Hip Pain
But, not everyone can overcome pain with physical activity and avoiding things that could injure your body. Staring down 50 and looking at the struggles my parents have with this issues, I know that there could come a time when medical intervention is needed.
If knee and hip pain are problematic and seriously affecting your life including relationships, there are surgical options. Joint replacement surgery may be an option to get you back to doing the things you love with the people you care about.
There are physicians who can help you evaluate potential solutions to your hip and knee pain. Find out more at TimeToHitPlay.com.
Because life is a lot more fun when you Hit Play!
Does knee and hip pain enter your life on a regular basis?
If so, how has it affected your relationships?