“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”?
I have to admit that maybe grandma was right about this one. Regardless if we are referring to brushing and flossing our teeth, taking a multi-vitamin everyday, or using protective eye-wear when we are working with power tools, being careful won’t add to injury but might prevent it.
Protect Your Knees From Overuse and Injury
According the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are seven suggestions that, if implemented into our daily lifestyle, will extend the life of our knees.
- Aim for a healthy body weight to take pressure off your knees.
- Warm up before and after any physical activity.
- Do strength-building exercises for your legs and thighs– the muscles that support and protect your knees.
- Wear the proper shoes for the activity you’re doing.
- High-impact activities that twist and turn the joints– like running, tennis, racquetball, skiing, and basketball are more likely to cause knee injuries. Stretching, swimming, cycling, treadmill walking and golf put less strain on the knees.
- Kneel on one knee at a time and switch frequently when doing tasks like gardening or scrubbing floors. Wearing knee pads can give you added protection.
- Stop any activity that causes pain, and avoid taking medication to cover up pain. Check with your doctor about any ongoing problems or pain. When caught early, most knee problems can be successfully treated.
As Virgil once said, “The greatest wealth is health. ” Let’s try to incorporate some of the suggestions above and maybe we’ll find that we need knee replacements much later in life, if at all.