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time on hard surfaces. Most of the knee
problems that Dr. Bergin sees, however,
are related to osteoarthritis or torn
ligaments. Being overweight can speed
the development of arthritis, Dr. Bergin
says, so instead of developing it in your
60s, you could start to have arthritic
symptoms, such as knee pain, around
age 40. In addition, sometimes an old
injury might reassert itself as posttraumatic arthritis and result in knee pain
years later. For those who have a job that
puts stress on the knees, it can make it
that much worse, Dr. Bergin adds.

CARE & TREATMENT

For those suffering from gerenal knee
pain, the problem usually gets better on
its own with time and care for the affected
area. To help relieve pain and speed
up recovery, rest your knee as much as
possible. Avoid doing things that will
aggravate the condition, such as squatting,
lunging or sitting for long periods of time.
Make sure that you stand up regularly to
stretch your legs when in the salon.
To help reduce swelling and relieve

acute pain, you can apply ice for 20 to 30
minutes every three to four hours, and take
an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as
ibuprofen, to decrease inflammation. It's
also important to wear supportive shoes,
particularly if you have flat feet, Dr Bergin
says. The extra support will help keep your
knees in proper alignment.
Stretching and strenghtening
exercises, particularly for your quadriceps,
can help. However, make sure to choose
exercises that won't make knee pain
worse. For example, avoid running down
hills, which puts a lot of stress on knee
joints, and opt for a track rather than
pavement. People with knee problems
are better off walking or swimming, as
running puts a lot of strain on the knees.
If the knee pain is severe, persistent
or the result of an injury, such as a torn
ligament, then it's important to see a
doctor. Other symptoms of concern are
swelling, having trouble straightening
your leg, or if your knee buckles or
clicks. A doctor's exam might include
an X-ray or MRI to see what's going on.
Depending on the cause, a steroid shot

or a visit to a physical therapist might be
recommended. In severe cases, surgery
may be required.

IN THE SALON

While working in the salon can put undue
stress on your knees, there are things you
can do to help. Make sure that you take the
time to stretch and move around to avoid
long periods of sitting. "Try to straighten
your legs when you can, and keep your
legs spread wide, as opposed to angled in
like you're knock-kneed," says Dr. Bergin.
Before standing, make sure that your
knees are straight and aligned with your
shoulders and hips, rather than getting up
from a twisted position. And try bending
and straightening your legs a few times
before getting up.
As nail professionals, your focus is on
caring for your clients, but don't forget to
pay attention to yourself as well. After all, if
you don't care for yourself, then you won't
be able to care for your clients. NP
Virginia Pelley is a freelance journalist and
editor based in Tampa, FL.

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