Be Nice to Your Knees! How to Prevent Knee Injuries

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Be Nice to Your Knees! How to Prevent Knee Injuries

Be nice to your knees. They are the largest joint in your body and they support your weight. They are susceptible to injuries when they are abused. Knee injuries are one of the most common injuries that are treated in sports medicine.

Common Knee Injuries

Knee injuries result from:

  • Fractures to the patella, the knee bone
  • Torn ligaments
  • Overstretched muscle strains and sprains
  • Menisci tears or torn cartilage
  • Quadriceps tendon dislocation
  • Arthritis

These are a few of the causes of knee problems. Knee injury treatment can include surgery, joint replacement, and physical therapy.

Chondromalacia Patella

This is a long name for a common ailment that results from overstretching. The cartilage under the patella or kneecap becomes strained. This causes pain. Continually stretching the knee will aggravate the condition.

The meniscus cartilage tissue is the shock absorber. The articular cartilage tissue helps your knee joints move smoothly. These cartilage tissues have limits on stretching before they tear or become dislocated. Knowing how to run and exercise correctly will prevent injuries to this sensitive area.

Impact Injuries

Avoiding impact sports is essential to preventing injuries. Many people experience knee damage from accidents, including falls. Injury can include the fracturing of the patella, the lower femur or thigh bone or the tibia and fibula leg bones, close to the knee area.

Knee injury treatment usually involves surgery to mend these bones along with an extended recovery time and physical therapy. Dislocated or detached quadriceps tendons that attach muscles to the patella will also have to be reattached surgically.

Avoiding Knee Injuries

There are several ways you can be nice to your knees.

  • Wear comfortable shoes with good support for working on your feet, walking and sports.
  • Watch your weight. Excessive torso and thigh weight puts extra stress on your knees. It can lead to osteoarthritis and bursitis, inflammations of the joints.
  • Warm up before exercising.
  • Do low impact exercises without jumping.
  • Wear knee guards for certain sports.
  • Take care when using exercise equipment.

For women, high-heel shoes put extra stress on the knees as well as ankles, toes and the balls of the feet. They can throw your body out of alignment. Exchange high-fashion for comfort and wear more practical shoes.

Related Article: Top Running Injuries & How to Prevent Them

At 3D Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, we encourage our patients to train and play their sports carefully to avoid knee injuries. We have professional athletic trainers who will work with you to help repair knee injuries and get you back into the game. Contact us for an appointment in our Indian Harbour Beach, FL office.