Knee Injury (cont.)
Prevention of Knee Injuries
Accidents happen, and while many knee injuries occur during recreational activities or sports, more happen at work and at home.
Strong muscles stabilize joints. With the knee, having strong and flexible quadriceps and hamstring muscles can prevent minor stresses to the knee from causing significant injury.
Proper footwear can also minimize the risk for knee injury. Wearing shoes that are appropriate for the activity can lessen the risk of twisting and other forces that can stress the knee.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Last Editorial Review: 3/28/2014
Author: Benjamin C. Wedro, MD, FAAEM, Department of Emergency Medicine, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin
Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor, eMedicineHealth.com
Previous contributing authors and editors:
Author: Stephen J Wolf, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center.
Erik D Barton, MD, MS, Associate Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Utah Health Sciences Center.
Editors: Joseph A Salomone III, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Truman Medical Center, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine;
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine;
Richard Harrigan, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Temple University School of Medicine.
Bucholz, R.W., J.D. Heckman, and C.M. Court-Brown. Rockwood and Green's Fracture in Adults. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2006.
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