Knee Pain Overview (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
- Knee Pain Introduction
- Anatomy of the Knee
- Home Care for Knee Pain
- When to Call the Doctor About Knee Pain
- When to Go to the Hospital for Knee Pain
- Knee Pain Diagnosis
- Causes, Symptoms, Signs, Treatment, Prognosis, and Types of Acute Knee Pain
- Other Types of Acute Knee Pain
- Causes, Symptoms, Signs, Treatment, Prognosis, and Types of Chronic Knee Pain
- Other Types of Chronic Knee Pain
- Risk Factors for Knee Pain
- Complications of Knee Pain
- Prevention of Knee Pain
- Synonyms and Keywords
- Authors and Editors
- Knee Pain Overview Topic Guide
Prevention of Knee Pain
Knee pain has a host of causes. Many types of pain are difficult to prevent, but you can do some general things to reduce the likelihood of sustaining a knee injury.
- Stay slim
- Staying slim reduces the forces placed on the knee during both athletics and everyday walking and, according to some medical research,
may reduce osteoarthritis.
- Keeping your weight down may also reduce the number of ligament and tendon injuries for similar reasons.
- Keep limber, keep fit
- Many knee problems are due to tight or imbalanced musculature. Stretching and strengthening, therefore, also help to prevent knee pain.
- Stretching keeps your knee from being too tight and aids in preventing both patellofemoral syndrome and iliotibial band syndrome.
- Strengthening exercises particularly of the quadriceps (straight leg raises and leg extensions are
two excellent exercises, but please see a book on exercise and training for more) can help prevent knee injury.
- Exercise wisely
- If you have chronic knee pain, consider swimming or water exercises.
- In water, the force of buoyancy supports some of our weight so our knees do not have to.
- If you don't have access to a pool or do not enjoy water activities, at least try to limit hard pounding and twisting activities such as basketball, tennis, or jogging.
- You may find that your aching knees will act up if you play basketball or tennis every day but will not if you limit your pounding sports to twice a week.
- Whatever you do, respect and listen to your body. If it hurts, change what you are doing.
- If you are fatigued, consider stopping; many injuries occur when people are tired.
- Protect the knee
- Wearing proper protection for the activity at hand can help avoid knee injuries.
- When playing volleyball or when laying carpet, protecting your knees may include knee pads.
- When driving, knee protection may include wearing a seat belt to avoid the knee-versus-dashboard injuries as well as injuries to other parts of your body.
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