Be Kind to Your Knees

It is easy to take our knees for granted.  Whether we are walking, running, or jumping, we depend on the knee’s complex interplay of bone, cushioning cartilage, and ligaments to support our weight and keep us moving. Dr. Daren Wickum, one of our knee sub-specialists says, “A little preventative care can help keep our knees conditioned, and may forestall injuries and joint deterioration.”

Maintain a healthy weight. Keeping extra pounds off is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. Staying trim reduces the force you place on your knees. Medical research suggests that a fit weight may also reduce osteoarthritis.

Build muscle strength. Your quadriceps and hamstrings support your knees. When these muscles are weak, your chance of injury increases. Balance and stability exercises, such as straight leg raises and leg extensions, help the muscles in your knees work more effectively. Don’t forget flexibility exercises. Tight muscles contribute to knee injury. If you incorporate stretches to maintain flexibility, you’ll keep your knees in optimum condition.

Include variety in your exercise program. High-impact activities like basketball, tennis, and jogging can be rough on your knees. Consider varying your routine to include low-impact activities like swimming, water aerobics, and walking at least a few times a week.

With a few proactive steps, you can increase your probability of keeping your knees healthy for years to come.

Summit Orthopedics offers proactive wellness services

At Summit Orthopedics, we are committed to providing the resources, tools, and expertise you need to achieve your personal fitness goals. Our Summit wellness center is home to proactive wellness classes and training services for you and the whole family. Wellness experts can work with you or your physician to design an exercise program that supports lifelong health through exercise.

Start your journey to a more active self through our wellness services offered at the HealthEast Sports Center. Schedule a free wellness consultation online or call (651) 968-5766. Find the group fitness class that works with your schedule. Visit our Facebook page to learn all about the wellness events we offer to safely promote good health throughout your life.

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