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6/4/14 7:11 P

I iced when I was on the temp job, at the end of the day. Since the temp job has ended, I haven't done it. Of course, I've gotten back into the workout routine I had before I started the job. I don't know if my knee will be bothered by 45 min to an hr of cardio per day for 5 days/week and 30 min. of strength training 2 to 3 days/week. I figure I need to do something about my knee before I take my next job. I'll invest in one of those reusable ice packs.

KEOGHG2 Posts: 291
6/4/14 6:08 P

Knee problems can make exercising difficult. Have you tried icing your knee after exercise?
When I've had Physical Therapy on my knee or other body part, the PT always puts ice on it for 10 to 20 minutes.

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6/4/14 4:49 P

Thanks for the link. I'll give some of those a try. I already do a couple of those anyway, but not on a regular basis. I need to see my regular doctor soon anyway and will talk to her about getting a referral to a physical therapist. I've never had any problems with my knee before and I want to keep doing what I enjoy in terms of work (and exercise). I just did a Google search on muscle imbalance and knee pain. Based on one of the sites I found, it looks like there may be some hamstring tightness because the pain was on the sides of the knee (where the doctor said he could feel the fluid...the part that was swollen). I'll ask my doctor about it though for sure. Thanks again for the feedback.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 64,987
6/4/14 2:37 P

It sounds like you could have some kind of muscular imbalance which might be causing the problem. I would ask your doctor if you can get a referral to see a physical therapist who can figure out what's causing the problem and then create a set of exercises to help deal with it.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

KASTRA Posts: 369
6/4/14 2:06 P

I found this article sometime last week. Well worth the read!

Once your doctor clears you to work those knees a bit, these exercises and stretches might help?

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6/4/14 1:24 P

I've just finished a temp job that was very physically demanding. While on the job, I had to go to the doctor, by way of worker's comp, for my right knee. It had swollen to the point to where it hurt too much for me to tuck my leg under me while sitting. The doctor basically told me what I figured to be the problem. I am right handed and lead with my right leg. The problem - I put most of my weight on my right leg and hiking over difficult terrain for 8 to 12 hours/day didn't overuse. To make a long story short, I was able to finish the job, given a shot and some pills to deal with the inflammation, told to prop my leg up, and to not let the shot and pills make me over confident while working.

I know that I won't be doing that much hiking (or even working out for that amount of time), but I want to make sure that I will be able to continue working in this field (wildlife biology and ecology). I enjoy various forms of cardio - walking, intervals, hiking, rowing machine, stationary bike (the expresso bike thing at the YMCA), and riding my bike. I also do strength training and would like to incorporate some things to help strengthen my knee. If my knee hurts too much, then doing the reverse plank, airplane pose, t stand, and lunges of any kind irritate my knee. Of course, my knee doesn't bother me like it did a couple of weeks ago. Any suggestions would be beneficial.

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