How to Ensure Your Knees Are Ready For the Big Dance

March has arrived and everyone is focused on the Big Dance. You'll be lucky to find an empty basketball court this month!

Basketball requires extensive stop-and-go and cutting maneuvers that can put your knees at risk. So how do you prepare your knees for the Dance? Physicians at Adventist Health's Aspire Orthopedic Institute suggest the following tips on preventing knee injury:

Limber up to keep your knees strong. Basketball calls for a lot of strenuous game play. Warming up is essential and is like oil for your joints. Warm-ups will help keep your knees flexible. Cool-down exercises after you have finished playing are equally important to keep all your joints in good working order.

Keep your knees warm. Wearing knee warmers or knee braces while playing basketball will help keep your joints warm and will help prevent you from getting injured during a game. Keeping the joints warm is one way that you can stave off osteoarthritis of the knee and other conditions that may affect you as you get older.

Apply ice and see a doctor if you suffer an injury. If you hurt your knee while playing basketball or any other game, it's important to treat the injury right away. Don't wait until it's swollen and you can't move your leg. If your leg is swollen, apply ice on the affected area immediately.
If pain and swelling persist, see a physician. Ignoring a knee injury is the worst thing you can do as it could cause additional damage to the joint.

Wear knee braces. To help avoid a hurt knee, basketball players should wear a well-designed brace when playing the game. A brace will keep your knee in proper alignment and help keep your knee safe.
So have fun at the Big Dance this March! And before you hit the court, remember to warm up, stretch before playing, and stay hydrated. We'll be rooting for you.

Join us in March 13 at 6:30 p.m. for a free joint pain seminar. Nationally renowned orthopedic physicians will discuss both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for chronic knee and hip pain. It won't be long before you're living well and moving well. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free but reservations are requested. Call 503-256-4000 or register on our website.