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					Avoiding Knee Injuries
You or someone you know has probably sustained an injury to the knee in the recent past. Knee injuries
are extremely common in many sports.

Our knees receive a lot of regular wear and tear as we walk, run, and go about our daily activities.
However, if you are too hard on your knees, you could sustain a knee injury, which can be detrimental to
your health.

ACL and MCL Injuries
There are several things you can do in order to prevent knee injuries. If you play sports often, it’s
important to avoid any kind of ACL or MCL injury.

ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament, and MCL stands for medial cruciate ligament. If you injure
either of these ligaments, it is very painful and can limit the movement of your leg and severely restrict
your ability to play sports in the future.

                               The key to avoiding ACL and MCL injuries is to just be kind to your knees.
                               Try not to twist your knees abruptly when running, and squat when
                               landing from a jump to avoid extra weight on your knees.

                               If you play more intense sports, like football or rugby, be aware that your
                               knees are susceptible to hits or blows from the opposing team’s members.
                               There isn’t much you can specifically do to avoid hits to your knees in
                               these sports, so it’s important that you’re aware of the risk you’re taking
                               by playing these sports.

                               Another important thing you can do to avoid knee injury is to strengthen
                               your knees with healthy exercise. There are many exercises you can that
                               are designed specifically for strengthening and empowering the knees.

Exercises like climbing stairs or walking uphill greatly strengthen your knees because they help to
stabilize it and take pressure off of the joint. Stretching is absolutely crucial in order to avoid injuries to
your knees.

Stretching the ligaments in your knees increases flexibility and decreases your chances of tearing a
ligament. Be aware that high impact activities, like running, will increase the pressure on your knees
while exercising.

Simple Things You Can Do to Avoid Injuries
If you believe you’re at risk for knee injury, you are probably not going to want to do copious amounts of
running as part of your routine exercise plan. You can also care for your knees in normal, daily activities.
One way to do this is to buy shoes that promote knee health and alignment. If your shoes are correctly
fitted, they should let your foot be balanced and prevent them from rolling too much inward or outward
while you’re walking.

Hyperextension of the knee can also be very dangerous. When
standing, make sure to avoid locking your knees.

Keeping your knees slightly bent at all times will decrease the
likelihood of hyperextension of the knees. Another thing that is
crucial for knee health is to exercise regularly.

It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you choose, but keeping fit and healthy will improve your overall
health, and also help you knees as well. If you have experienced trauma to the knee and are looking for
a knee replacement surgeon, Hofmann Arthritis Institute in Salt Lake City has what you need.

It can be difficult to find a knee replacement surgeon that fits your needs, but Hofmann Arthritis
Institute will do everything they can to ensure that your surgery goes smoothly.

				
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Description: Play sports and worried about a Knee injury? or even just worried about one anyways? This article has some great tips to help you avoid such a fate