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What are ways to prevent a meniscus tear?

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Meniscus tears are tough to prevent since they're usually the result of an accident. But some precautions might lower the risks of a knee injury. You should:

  • Keep your thigh muscles strong with regular exercises.
  • Warm up with light activities before exercise.
  • Give your body time to rest between workouts.
  • Make sure your shoes have enough support and fit correctly.
  • Maintain flexibility.
  • Never abruptly increase the intensity of your workout.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: ''Meniscal Tears.'' 

Calmbach, W. American Family Physician, Sept. 1, 2003. 

Davis, M. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians Press, 2005. 

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: ''Meniscal Tears.'' 

Calmbach, W. American Family Physician, Sept. 1, 2003. 

Davis, M. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians Press, 2005. 

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

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