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How can you prevent injuries to your kneecap?

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You can’t avoid every possible injury to your kneecap. But you can take some simple steps to help keep your knees healthy:

  • Wear the right shoes for your activity.
  • Warm up before you work out.
  • Do exercises to keep your thigh muscles (quadriceps and hamstrings) strong and flexible.
  • If you’re going to make your workouts longer or more intense, do it gradually.
  • Cut back on anything that causes knee pain.
  • Stay at a healthy weight -- it lowers stress on your knees.

From: What Can Go Wrong With My Kneecap? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org from Nemours Foundation: “Jumper’s Knee.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Common Knee Injuries,” “Patellar Dislocation and Instability in Children,” “Patellar Fractures,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

U.K. National Health Service: "Dislocated Kneecap."

Johns Hopkins Health Library: "Patellar Instability."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Patellofemoral Instability."

Shepard Center Spine and Pain Institute: “Patellar Tracking Disorder.”

Texas Health Physicians Group: “Patellar Tracking Disorder.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org from Nemours Foundation: “Jumper’s Knee.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Common Knee Injuries,” “Patellar Dislocation and Instability in Children,” “Patellar Fractures,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

U.K. National Health Service: "Dislocated Kneecap."

Johns Hopkins Health Library: "Patellar Instability."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Patellofemoral Instability."

Shepard Center Spine and Pain Institute: “Patellar Tracking Disorder.”

Texas Health Physicians Group: “Patellar Tracking Disorder.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 08, 2018

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