My knees ... now I have something to talk about. They are both bad. My family has a hereditary degenerative joint disease. The cartledge just disappears from between the bones and so, with the knees, the knee cap actually begins to run up and rub up over the femur bone. Osteoarthritis is therefore soon to follow. We have been aware of this all of our lives and were forbidden, yes forbidden to do activities that called for a great deal of stress on the knees, like skiing or long jumps in track. I was a swimmer and was able to save my knees longer than my siblings as they were all runners.
We have all had surgeries on our knees, but only my father has had them replaced... though we are all working hard to prevent the need for this, we have all been told it will be necessary at some point in our lives, if we live long enough.
I have a wonderful physical therapist who has taught me how to focus exercises on strengthening my tendons and ligaments and muscles to hold my knee caps in place and build up enough strength in the muscles to aid in what I do with need to do with my knees.
The other thing is keeping my core strong, so I am actually using my core to lift my legs up stairs instead of pushing off and depending on my knees so much to take the brunt of the weight as I move. It's helped a great deal. But the battle is ongoing and it looks like my younger sister will be buying the next pair of knee replacements, even with all the yoga she does. I am staving it off for as long as possible.
be authentically you...
it's journey, not a one day hike.