Why You Have Knee Pain When Walking

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Marian Barnick

Marian Barnick

Marian is a Registered Kinesiologist and Movement Therapist teaching clients how to decrease pain and tightness, improve abilities, and feel better both body and mind. Marian's practice focuses on busy high achievers and breast cancer patients.


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Why You've Got Knee Pain with Walking and What You Can Do About it



If walking is so good for you why’s it causing all this pain – especially knee pain when walking. Everyone is recommending at least 150 minutes of walking a week for breast cancer patients. And patients want to comply. They know the benefits of exercise.

The Cause of Knee Pain When Walking for Breast Cancer Patients

The difficulty comes when the goal is set, but the body isn’t ready. Too many years of ‘abuse’, injuries that didn’t heal properly, perhaps some early onset arthritis, side effects from chemo as well as hormone therapy.

The list goes on and I haven’t even mentioned the deconditioning from perhaps a ‘less than active’ lifestyle during treatment.

So the solution of walking to help with cancer symptoms is well researched. But in the trenches, that knee pain with walking is really hard for patients and survivors to overcome.


Because patients and survivors have not received the proper assessment and treatment to determine what’s moving well and what needs help. From stretching tight muscles, helping joints achieve proper alignment, and ensuring proper joint stability for a good stride length.

Breast cancer patients with peripheral neuropathy, a side effect from some types of chemotherapy, have an added issue because knee pain with walking can stem from the change in walking pattern to try and keep balanced while walking.

What You Can Do for Knee Pain when Walking

All of these issues can be solved with a pretty easy solution. By using the #foundationsfirstframework, patients are evaluated for range of motion and functional abilities.

This information, along with gait analysis, determines exactly what each patient needs as a rehabilitative program to ensure a pain-free experience with walking AND compliance with a program that has so many benefits, including reducing the risk of recurrence.

So when patients tell their Oncologist that they’re having knee pain with walking, the solution is not “Stick with it, it’ll get easier.” The solution is an assessment of needs to support and encourage exercise, activity, and support a better quality of life both physically as well as mentally.

If you’re encouraged to step forward and make the commitment to change what’s necessary to reach your goal of pain-free walking, I encourage you to sign up for the upcoming Live Training:

Pain-free Walking After Breast Cancer.

This is a Live, interactive Online Training, within a secure online classroom.

Each attendee gets the care, support, information, and encouragement so when the training is over, each patient is ready to Kick Ass and make the changes their body’s been asking for.

Here’s the link for more information and to sign up.

Class is May 28.

Gait Training for Pain Free Walking After Breast Cancer

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Marian Barnick

With 25+ years experience, Marian’s passion is teaching clients how to use movement to reach their best potential. 

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