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Surprising new ways to build healthy knees

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Building knee strength helps prevent injuries and reduces knee pain.

Improving balance, losing weight, and strengthening muscles help prevent injury and reduce pain.

One of the most common reasons people visit their doctor is because of knee pain or injury. Arthritis, ligament and meniscal tears, fractures, dislocations, and sprains can limit your mobility and take away your independence. "Difficulty walking, climbing stairs, squatting, and getting up and down from chairs are common complaints from people with knee pain," says Michael Orpin, a doctor of physical therapy at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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