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MJREIMERS Posts: 4,671
7/23/13 10:54 A

I have IT bands issues. I took several weeks off and it got better. It was fine when I ran the first couple times, but then it got sore when I was walking big hills. I'm frustrated, but I don't want to give up running.

Take care of that knee. Don't push yourself too hard, you don't want to do permanent damage and not be able to exercise. Maybe a trip to the doctor? I plan to go after my son is healed from his ACL and meniscus tear.

Good luck!

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7/22/13 5:01 P

Your knee problem could be related to your hip injury. Your body is telling you to rest and it might be overcompensating for the hip problem. If you keep pushing yourself you may end up injured even more.

My daughter is currently in physical therapy for hip pain from running. She kept pushing and pushing even though her pediatrician and I both told her to rest. She was sent to a specialist who - guess what! - told her to rest and sent her to a physical therapist (who also told her to rest!). She's been given exercises to strengthen certain muscles in her hips and legs. She's been given the okay to run again because the PT is helping, but she still has one more session to go to.

Edited by: JUDY1260 at: 7/22/2013 (17:04)
LADYREDCOMET SparkPoints: (39,924)
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7/22/13 4:52 P

I'm currently getting ready to go back to school, so money is tight at the moment and a trainer is not in the budget. But once I move (in late August) and get a new job, it may be more feasible. I'll definitely keep the idea in mind!

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7/22/13 4:16 P

Have you considered a certified trainer? You can hire someone to show you proper form.

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7/22/13 1:31 P

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If you find that certain exercises increase stress on your knee, avoid those exercises for the time being. You may even want to lay off any lower body workout too. Just work your upper body and core while your knee rests.

Knee injuries are very difficult to diagnose, even for the experts. For now, lay off any exercise that places stress on the knee. If you can walk without pain, take a walk. You could try the recumbant cycle. that's the bike where you peddle in a reclined position. that will take stress off the knee too. Get an ice pack. Even if you can't see any swelling, pain indicates their is inflammation some where. Ice will help reduce the pain/swelling.

I can assure you that you will not derail any of your efforts at good health or weight loss if you can't exercise for a few days. Just be mindful of what you eat.

Take care of that knee.



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7/22/13 10:56 A

I've been strength training for about three months now; I do a mix of training on machines at the gym and body weight training on a weekly basis, but always with a day of rest or cardio in between (or more than one, as needed until the muscle soreness fades away). But for the past couple of weeks I've noticed an intense sense of strain in my knees when doing squats, lunges, leg press, etc. It's not pain... yet. But it feels like it could become an injury very easily, I don't know how else to describe it. The only thing that doesn't seem to exacerbate it is yoga.

I'm worried that if I keep pushing, I'll cause an injury, so I've reduced the weight, and ultimately dropped the leg press exercises altogether, as well as lowered the number of repetitions I'm doing, but the weird sensation persists. I'm starting to feel really frustrated, like my strength training progress is making a major backslide because I can't seem to find any lower body exercises that don't make my knees feel stressed. My twin sister has chronic knee issues, and I really don't want to end up in constant pain like her, but I don't want to give up my strength training, either.

I already have an appointment to see my doctor in a few days for something unrelated, but now I'm planning to ask about this, as well. In the meantime, are there any good exercises I can do to keep my lower body strong while this heals, without also putting stress on my injured hip? Or would it be best to just suck it up and take a few rest days? (Or more than a few, if necessary?)

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