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Have Knee Pain Climbing Stairs Or Steps? Here Is How To Alleviate It

written by Zach Moore

I recently had a client come to me with knee discomfort.  This person said that she had no trouble with the exercises we were performing in the gym – she only noticed it a few times a day.

I asked her if she could think of a movement that always bothers it and she replied, “Walking up stairs.”

I have worked with several clients who suffer from knee pain.  Unfortunately, knees are tricky and if you do one thing to irritate them it can take a lot of caution to keep away future pain and irritation.  This is when it is important to tweak how you do certain activities to prevent further stress on the knee.

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One activity that often aggravates the knee is climbing stairs or steps.  The main reason this occurs is because people are unable to properly load their hip, and therefore, place most of the stress on the knee.  When you are young or have never had knee pain then this is usually not a problem.  However, over time, you may start to notice this discomfort.

So today, I want to show you how to modify the way you climb stairs, which will help you take stress off of your knee.

Check out the video below and let me know how it works.

Lastly, I want to say that most of our training at IFAST is very similar to this.  We help people move better and get stronger so that they can function well with everyday activities.

Yes, we help people shed fat, build muscle, get stronger, and get out of pain, but along the way we build them a foundation that will make them successful and pain free with common activity – carrying children, working in the garden, moving boxes, etc.  So if this sounds like something you are interested in make sure to sign up for our newsletter and give us a call at 317.578.0998 to get started.

Zach Moore

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  1. I followed your directions and it worked! Thank you, you don’t know how much this will help me. I work on a oil service ship, and climb stairs all day. Thanks, may God reward you for your desire to help others!

  2. After months of pain walking upstairs and having done several weeks of physical therapy with no results I am completely blown away that this simple change completely eliminates the pain. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!

    • Hi Laurie!

      I’m so happy that this helped! I know the first time I tried it, I just burst into tears because I totally expected stair-climbing to forever hurt. Now I try to teach this special technique to everyone I know!

      Good luck! – Kirsten

  3. I’ve been searching online, Google, YouTube these past weeks because my right knee suddenly hurt when I climb stairs. Since then I dreaded having to go upstairs because the pain just got sharper and unbearable. I’ve been praying for help as I worried it could get worse. I tried everything that I read, watched etc. and nothing seemed to work until i saw this! It worked the first time I tried it, God bless you Zach!

  4. Thank you for this tip. I am going to try this. I am inactive and overweight, figured that’s what I get for letting my body get deconditioned – but if I am ever going to change that, going to need to exercise, preferably without fear of blowing out a knee. 🙂

  5. Oh my word! I’m sat here with happy tears… I’ve had problems with my knees for several months now – completely healthy otherwise – but ONLY when going upstairs. At times I’ve been crying in frustration. Just this one thing is going to make such a huge difference. And I know, while they’re healing, I don’t need to be damaging them further simply by doing everyday necessities. You have no idea just how grateful I am! Thank You doesn’t cover it!

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