Tips for Protecting Your Knees from Injury

Knee pain and injuries are extremely common, regardless of whether you are a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior. Some of the most common knee injuries include sprains, strains, and ligament tears, all of which can cause severe pain and sideline you for weeks or months during the healing process. While staying active is one of the major cornerstones of good health, it’s vital to understand the risks any activity poses to your knees and the best practices to protect these important yet vulnerable joints.

Don’t Skip Resistance Training

Resistance and weight training help the body to build strong muscles, which provide valuable support for the joints. Particularly if you love cardiovascular activities such as running or biking, it’s important to include resistance training as part of your weekly workout schedule as well. Developing stronger core and leg muscles will help to stabilize the knees during sports and everyday activities to reduce your risk of knee injuries.

Pay Attention to Pain

Many individuals tend to ignore pain, especially when it is minor or intermittent, in the hopes that it will disappear on its own. However, knee pain is often an indicator of a growing problem or an issue with your posture or your workout that should be addressed, rather than ignored. If you experience knee pain that causes you to end your workout early or affects your ability to perform daily activities, it’s time to visit a physical therapist to evaluate the cause and the best solution before a more serious injury occurs.

Baxter & Walsh Physical Therapy & Rehabilitative Services wants you to enjoy a lifetime of healthy physical activity free from knee pain. If you’d like to learn more about sports medicine, accident injury treatment, rehabilitative services, and joint replacement in New York, please stop by our website to take a look at the comprehensive list of conditions we treat. You can schedule an appointment with a physical therapist serving Long Island by calling our Bay Shore location at (631) 206-2989 or our Wantagh location at (516) 826-0116.