How to maintain health of knee & joint
Though collateral ligament injuries quit normal thing to happen during sports and are difficult to avoid but there are several things you can do to take care of overall strength and flexibility of your knees:
- Avoid becoming overweight: Every extra pound in your normal weight puts three or four additional pounds of pressure on your knee every time you take a step.
- Maintain strength of your leg: The hamstrings, in the back of the thigh, and the quadriceps, the muscles in the front of the thigh, play very crucial role as shock and impact absorbers. These muscles must be kept strong and flexible to protect the joint surfaces in your knee.
- Stretch your muscles: Stretching before exercising should be a regular part of your warm-up; however, it is important not to over-stretch. Never push or pull on your leg with your hands while you are stretching, and avoid squatting during your warm-up, which can put stress on your knee joint.
- Wear proper shoes: Well-cushioned, well-fitting athletic shoes can reduce the impact of the load exerted on the knees.
- Ease into shape: If your activities require twisting and turning such as racket sports, skiing, soccer and basketball, don’t assume you can play yourself into shape. Make sure you are in good physical shape before you play.