Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Health Tip: Wear and Tear on the Knees

(HealthDay News) -- Knee joints can wear as you age, or after years of high-impact exercise.

Here are ways to help minimize damage to knees, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:

  • Avoid activities that tend to damage the knees, such as running, tennis, baseball and basketball.

  • Engage in low-impact activities, such as swimming, biking, golf or walking.

  • Talk to your doctor about anti-inflammatory medications, or joint supplements to help preserve the knees. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be injected by your doctor.

  • Physical therapy and icing the knees can help improve function.

  • Protective gear such as a brace, splint or elastic bandage can help support a weakened knee.

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