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How to Prevent Knee Pain

Consumer Reports provides tips on preventing knee pain according to experts including Ashley V. Austin, MD, primary sports medicine physician at HSS. 

Weakness and underuse of the muscles that support the knees are common causes of inflammation that can result in pain, explained Dr. Austin. 

High-impact activities, such as running or high-intensity interval training, which is short bursts of intense exercise alternated with brief recovery periods, can also contribute to knee pain if they’re done without proper training, said Dr. Austin. That’s especially the case if those high-impact activities are coupled with shoes that don’t support you, inadequate nutrition, and repetitive stresses from the same activity over time without sufficient rest periods. 

If you’re already experiencing pain, avoid high-impact activities such as running, jumping, deep knee bends, and squats. Instead, try low-impact activities such as walking on soft surfaces like a track, grass, and trails, Dr. Austin suggested. 

Read the full article at consumerreports.org