Nailpro - May/June 2020 - 26

NAIL CLINIC

BY VIRGINIA PELLEY

Weak in
the Knees

KNEE PAIN CAN BE EASILY
INTENSIFIED IN THE SALON.
LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO
ABOUT IT.

RECOGNIZING THE PROBLEM

The knee joint is one of the easiest to injure. Just
twisting your body the wrong way can injure a
ligament and result in pain around the knee. Pain
might be mild at first, then escalate into a more
painful condition. It can be sharp or dull, or the
area around your knee might swell or feel warm if
the tissues around it are inflamed.
A common source of knee pain in younger
women is called patellofemoral pain syndrome,
also known as "runner's knee." It can feel like a dull
aching and often pops up in women between 15

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and 35 years old, says Craig Tifford, MD, a Yale
Medicine orthopedic surgeon. "The problem
usually has to do with the front part of the knee
between the backside of the patella (the kneecap)
and the front part of the end of the femur, or
thigh bone," Dr. Tifford says. Despite the name,
the cause of patellofemoral pain syndrome isn't
necessarily a result of running; in fact, it's quite
a broad term used to describe a series of knee
problems. Causes of runner's knee can include
overuse, injury to the knee, flat feet, weak thigh
muscles or malalignment of any of the bones
from the hips to the ankles. "Symptoms are
often exacerbated with repetitive stair climbing,
kneeling and squatting," explains Dr. Tifford.
"Someone who has patellofemoral problems
may find that an occupation that requires
prolonged sitting, such as a nail technician,
aggravates their symptoms."
For some, knee discomfort might stem from
getting up more than the squatting or sitting,
as in Ortega's case, says Austin, Texas-based
orthopedic surgeon Barbara Bergin, MD.
"Standing up from a squat puts tremendous
pressure on the knee caps, and women are
more prone to developing problems from this,"
Dr. Bergin says. Also, be on the lookout for
"crunching" under the knee while getting up, she
says. That sound could mean that the cartilage
under the kneecap is starting to wear out, and it
might be time to see a doctor.
Another cause of knee discomfort is knee
bursitis. Bursitis is the term for inflammation of a
small fluid-filed sac (bursa) near the knee joint.
Causes can include injury directly to the knee,
but most cases of knee bursitis are a result of
friction and irritation in the knee joint that occurs
in jobs requiring kneeling for long periods of

Knee
Pain
Facts*
Knee pain affects
about 25% of
adults in the
United States.
In the last 20 years,
the prevalence
of knee pain has
increased by 65%.
One in four adults
(15 million people)
experience
severe joint pain
stemming from
arthritis.
Knee pain is the
reason for more
than 4 million
patient visits to
primary care
doctors every year.
Sources: American Family
Physician, aafp.org; Centers
for Disease Control: Arthritis
Data and Statistics, cdc.gov.

MAKSYMIV/BIGSTOCK

When we think of the joint health of a working
nail technician, knee pain is hardly the first one
that comes to mind. But for those who have
previously injured their knees or are predisposed
to knee problems, the job can certainly make
the pain worse. Take nail tech Andrea Ortega,
for example, whose knees have been bothering
her for the past year. "I've had knee pain that
comes from not sitting properly for long periods
of time," says Ortega, owner of Luxe'd Nail
Lounge in Riverside, California. "When I stand up,
it almost feels like my knee is locking up, and it
hurts to straighten it. I have to extend my leg very
slowly before I can stand back up."
Sitting for long periods of time with bent knees,
like you would at a desk job, on a car trip or at
a manicurist's table, can magnify pain for those
who already have problems with their knees,
specifically at the front of the knee and around the
kneecap. Likewise, the constant squatting required
to perform pedicures and standing up from that
lowered position is particularly strenuous on
knees. Here, we discuss the most common kneerelated problems and how you can manage them
while continuing to do your job.


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