The best thing you can do to protect your knees from injury is to strengthen your thigh muscles.  This means working your quadriceps (front) and hamstrings (back-of-thigh).  Some of the best exercises to strengthen these muscles are squats, lunges and box-jumps.  Be sure to ask your doctor or trainer for specific techniques before attempting any exercise you may be unfamiliar with in order to prevent bad habits or injury.  Also, remember to stretch all of the muscles used following every workout!  If you need assistance designing an exercise program or have questions about specific weight lifting techniques schedule an appointment with Dr. Todd Hartwig.  503-235-7130

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