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If you are getting older, then you might want to read about how to prevent knee pain. Since none of us are getting any younger, I guess everyone should read this; our knees are just getting older like the rest of our parts. Here are a few tips to help you avoid knee pain.
Keep Your Legs Strong: Those big thigh muscles really do support the knee when you’re walking, lifting, climbing and squatting. A simple but effective exercise is simply doing a short-arc knee extension while your knee is supported on a pillow; ankle weights are optional.
Be Kind to Your Knees: The days of old when you could pound the pavement are gone. Now, as you are getting older, there is less cushioning in your knees. Runners might need to switch to biking or swimming. Tennis players might need to switch to playing doubles or find a different more knee-friendly sport.
Wear Good Shoes: Time and time again, someone complaining of knee pain is wearing flip-flops, a shoe that is in the Hall of Sham...
Alternative NamesPain - kneePreventionIncrease your activity level slowly over time. For example, when you begin exercising again, walk rather than run.Always warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings.Replace your sports shoes often. Get good advice about proper footwear for your foot shape and mechanics. For example, if you land on the outside of your heel and turn your foot inward when you walk (pronate), consider anti-pronation footwear.ReferencesFrontera WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2008:section 7.Miller RH III, Azar FM. Knee injuries. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier:2007:chap 43.Porcheret M, Jordan K, Croft P. Treatment of knee pain in older adults in primary care: Development of an evidence-based model of care. Rheumatology. 2007;46:638-648.Labropoulos N, Shifrin DA, Paxi...
If you have had hip pain or knee pain for a long period of time, you probably have tried a few over-the-counter medications and may have turned to friends and family for advice. Maybe it got better for a while, but eventually returned. At some point, you decide that you have had enough and make the decision to see a doctor about it. To truly get the most out of your upcoming appointment, it helps to be prepared. Here is some advice to help make your first doctor's visit for hip or knee pain as productive as possible: The First Doctor's Visit For the first doctor's visit, we'll assume you are seeing your family doctor for an initial evaluation. The primary goal of this appointment is to obtain the correct diagnosis. In order to select the appropriate treatment plan, it is important to have a thorough visit with your doctor, including appropriate tests, to confirm the correct diagnosis. And don't worry, contrary to the busy-doctor stereot...
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