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Ask the PT: How do I protect my knees from injury during everyday activities.

Protecting your knees when doing everyday activities.

Q:

I suffer from occasional knee pain, how do I protect my knees and prevent pain from everyday activities?

A:

Knee pain is something that affects many people everyday and is usually caused by various day-to-day activities. Ranging from acute injuries to chronic injuries, knee pain can be a debilitating condition. By being proactive in protecting yourself from such injuries in conjunction with visiting your physical therapist at the first signs of knee pain, you will stay healthier in the long run.

One of the most useful things you can do to protect yourself from knee injury is to warm up before any type of activity that may put stress on your knees. Warming up will help alleviate pressure on the knees and tendons so as to help reduce the chance of inflammation. When doing activity it is important to make sure you are wearing proper footwear so that you can maintain proper stability during day to day activities and reducing the chance of a slip. As well as protecting yourself from knee injury, living a better lifestyle as in watching your weight by eating right Eating right reduces the chances of osteoarthritis as well as alleviates pressure on the knee joint by keeping a healthy weight. It is also a good idea to make sure you are doing a variety of resistance training, this will allow you to strengthen your muscles that surround the knee joint and will give you better support and stability. When doing resistance training it is also good to incorporate low impact exercises so that there isn’t that much pressure being put on the knees but also will help strengthen the muscles around the knee.

If you follow all of these tips you should be on your way to being able to perform your daily activities pain free. If you do start to feeling some sort of pain in your knees, the best idea is to consult a physical therapist so that they can prescribe a course of action in order to relieve the pain that you’re feeling.

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