There are some things you can do that will help reduce the risk of damaging your knee ligaments.
Make sure you exercise regularly to maintain a good level of fitness. This will help your muscles stay strong to help support your knees. You'll also improve your flexibility and increase your range of movement. If you haven't been active for a while, start gently and gradually increase the intensity. Before you start an exercise program, get advice from your physiotherapist. They can tell you if the exercise you would like to do will be safe. And remember, while it’s fine to feel some muscle ache during or after exercise, severe pain in the joint itself is a signal to stop.
If you’re overweight, it’s more likely that you’ll develop osteoarthritis. Aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet and try to keep your weight as close as possible to the ideal for your height and age.
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Exercises to help prevent knee injuries