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How can I prevent knee pain?

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Although you can’t prevent all injuries, you can take these steps to make them less likely:

  • Stop exercising if you feel pain in your knee.
  • If you want to make your workout more intense, always do it gradually.
  • Stretch your legs before and after physical activity.
  • Use kneepads to prevent bursitis, especially if you have to kneel a lot.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and offer enough support.
  • Keep your thigh muscles strong with regular stretching and strengthening.
  • If you’re overweight, work to drop some pounds so there’s less stress on all of your joints, including your knees.

From: What’s Causing My Knee Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/13/2019

SOURCES:

JAMA: “For Some Injuries, It's All in the Name.”

American Family Physician: “ Evaluation of Patients Presenting with Knee Pain: Part I. History, Physical Examination, Radiographs, and Laboratory Tests.” 

Rouzier, P.   second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

ACP Medicine: “Osteoarthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

SOURCES:

JAMA: “For Some Injuries, It's All in the Name.”

American Family Physician: “ Evaluation of Patients Presenting with Knee Pain: Part I. History, Physical Examination, Radiographs, and Laboratory Tests.” 

Rouzier, P.   second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

ACP Medicine: “Osteoarthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

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