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KARENCRANER Posts: 3,421
3/19/12 10:47 P

Thanks for all the awesome tips on this thread! I love walking outside, but sometimes, like today, it's just too hard on my knee. My favorite stand-in is the stationary bike!

KELLYKK Posts: 103
3/19/12 3:29 P

Thanks for replies and suggestions.
I finally had to go to an orthopedic dr- the pain was so bad.
The dr sent me to PT for a couple of weeks.
They gave me stretching and strengthening exercises which have helped tremendously.
The pain is about 90% gone which is unbelieveable to me. I know when I stop doing the pt at home for a week, the pain starts to come back - so I try to do the pt 4 or 5 days a week.

JAYSGIRL60 Posts: 6
3/7/12 5:22 P

Funny how I came to the message boards today and found exactly the"knee" topic I was looking for!! :) I too have knee "issues." I know the cause (chondromalacia patella!)...but my question is this: most of my weight is in the lower body. Most of the exercises for this area involve squats, lunges, etc. These hurt me!! Any other suggestions on how to tone/lose from the outer/inner thighs and butt?? I have been using the treadmill to run/walk and more recently...the elliptical. I also do toning floor (non-impact) exercises for the lower body...but are these enough??

AZURESEAS SparkPoints: (5,199)
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3/7/12 3:37 P

The cartilage in my knees is almost gone and hitting my knees against the dash in a collision didn't help the situation. I get most of my exercise in the pool. Water walking/jogging, aquacise classes. You won't believe how many things you can do in the water when it's torture to your knees on land.

Getting on a bike is good too if you can still bend the knee/ leg to pedal.


MAY21IWILLDOIT Posts: 895
9/16/11 2:37 P

So much excellent advice. I have dreadful knees - too much weight, old joints and not enough exercise. However, except for the old part, I am working on all the other issues. Swimming at the YMCA has been such a huge help to my knees. I have benable to walk without my walker ! ! I did go to dr who did xray and said knees were full of arthritis and I had a knee replacement. Helped a great deal.


KELLYKK Posts: 103
9/16/11 2:12 P

I am having the same problem.
Cannot exercise much because of the knee pain.
Does anyone have any suggestions about exercise that i
can do to lose weight that would be easy on the knees.
Also, any suggestions to strengthen the knee.

CHEMCHICK587 SparkPoints: (12,048)
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11/15/10 11:12 A

Consider some alternative exercises. The elliptical is easier on your knees than the treadmill, for example. Swimming is also very low-impact.

My other suggestion is to seek out a physiatrist. Typically, if you're having a lot of knee pain, they can either set you up with some braces, recommend some PT (I've done PT for my knees three times and I'm only 23), suggest some more invasive procedures (scopes, cortisone shots, etc.) or recommend some good excercises.

Good luck!

SUGAMAGNOLIA Posts: 85
11/15/10 8:03 A

When I first started working out a few months back, I also noticed a lot of knee pain. As I dropped a few pounds it seemed to ease but not quite go away all together.

I found that once I built up the strength in my quads and hamstrings that I learned how to support myself during vigorus cardio with these muscles rather than slamming my knees.

I stick with the elliptical on cross train days and I take spinning classes 4x a week. Running on pavement is still not the best feeling for me though.

SILVERJUDI Posts: 1,803
11/15/10 7:19 A

Years of carrying too much weight caused my knees to literally wear out. After two knee replacements, I'm able to exercise. which leads to weight loss, which leads to more exercise.

The opposite of the arthritis, sedentary vicious circle I was on. I do well with the recumbent bike (bucket seat) more than the elliptical.

Move however you can.

RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
11/15/10 4:27 A

a doctor is not a chiropactor or a specialist that can see what is happening to joints inside..

get a referral- it can be very giving to know what is happening..

a good chiropactor doesn't manipulate anything before getting a scanning- it is in his own interest to know what he is up against and explain it to the patient before just working blindly..

a good bone specialist also scans criss cross alot of problems are invisiable to the naked eye..

don't just take one doctors word things are okay, seek the correct help..

joints can be abused from many years of weight equaling tons not lbs and ounces..

huge thighs can move the alignment of hips, knee and feet placing- causing bunions and the arch of the foot to drop flat..

If you have discomfort and a doctor doesn't listen it isn't against the law to ask for a second opinion.. I have learned first hand don't give up and complain about it.. I got help to a bladder problem caused by a midwife cutting nerves- my weight didn't help things but nerves that are cut over just don't work regardless how much a person weights..

My weight should not make me a candidate for bladder problems but there has happened stuff and it does and can hurt. Many doctors get immune to their empathy and send people packing now and again whom don't wear the consultation room floor out. People can fall through the system not getting the help they need.. You have to be determined and not back down..

Edited by: RENA1965 at: 11/15/2010 (04:32)
DAPHNE_RUNS Posts: 4,215
11/14/10 10:40 P

Hello LaingMom, I will take your advice and go to the store and buy shoes. I did look online for research and comments and I think I want to give shape-ups a try and also buy a new pair of regular walking shoes as well.

I am "starving" my budget right now, but in 2 weeks I am going to head over to the outlet mall and do some trying and buying.

CEGRUBE Posts: 789
11/12/10 7:50 P

Osteo and rheumatoid arthritis make my knees ache all the time, but I walk anyway. emoticon

LAINGMOM Posts: 423
11/12/10 7:03 P

I am the manager of a kids specialty shoe store. Please do not order your shoes online. When you lose weight your shoe size changes along with your clothing size. Each time you buy a new pair of shoes you should try them on and make sure of the size and style- what felt great at one rate may not support your foot at all as you lose. Try to go somewhere they measure and help you but if that doesnt exist in your area at least go into a self-serve store and try on lots of different styles and maybe different sizes and widths.

APIRLRAIN888 Posts: 3,209
11/12/10 4:35 P

I go to the YMCA they have childwatch!
price of one gym membership, whole family use
included in prices in pool,gym,track,courts, childwatch and CLASSES
kids classes are extra,
my daughter is on swim team. swim lesson have better hour b/c if you have no 2 like me. daughter in class, son in daycare, and I hit the gym ;p

and my friend has 3 kids, 2 with diff lvl of swimming, they run those class together ;p so 2 in class, 1 in childcare, and mommy in gym ;p also have swimming and soccer at same time!

just an awesome place!

I am sure all is different. but worth a look
my friend got a discount through his health ins. unfortunately we don't

DAPHNE_RUNS Posts: 4,215
11/12/10 4:23 P

Wow you look great. Keep up the good work!!!!!
I know I should step it up and start to run. I mainly walk now because I am a stay at home mom with 2 kids (ages 5 and 2) and so when I drop my son off at school, I go to the park and walk for 60 to 90 minutes. I do not know a lot of people here in Miami that could watch my daughter if I wanted to run so I choose to walk instead; can't afford to buy a jogger stroller at the moment. Maybe I will save up to buy a bike with the carrier that the kids could sit in. Thanks for your post.

APIRLRAIN888 Posts: 3,209
11/12/10 4:14 P

I am glad! shoes are important too ;p

DAPHNE_RUNS Posts: 4,215
11/12/10 4:13 P

Thank you everyone for your posts. I am embarrassed to say that I may have found the cause to my achy knee;drum roll please. I need to buy new shoes. Thank you Laingmom for your post. I have been putting extra miles on the feet lately and I had to think back to when I bought my shoes and it was over 6 months ago. I am going to hit zappos.com or shoebuy.com to find the right walking shoe for me. Also it does not help that I have 30 pounds to lose.

APIRLRAIN888 Posts: 3,209
11/12/10 4:08 P

my knees hurt this whole 1st 1/2 of yr!
it was due to the weight
check out this pic
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=3718217


it's obvious why if you just look at the legs!

So I started running! first 4 wks where horrible! but I push through it (no injury just whining!)
Ibuprofen 1 wk!!!
and guess what! after the knee FAT, YES knee fat!
knees are supposed to be boney, went away!
I have been pain free!!!!!

so my knees were b.c of my weight!
STRETCH STRECH like a mad person before you exercise.
yes ppl say stretch after! NOT if you are not used to exercise!!!!! I stretch bef, after and at night!
4 wks!!!!! all gone!

pain is weakness leaving the body!
and yes I will get slammed for this quote! but as long as you are not hurt and docs are ok!


LAINGMOM Posts: 423
11/12/10 1:20 P

I dont want to discount all the advice to see your doctor, but I also had really achy knees when I started exercising and everytime I increase resistance on the elliptical or add a mile to my walks my knees ache again. Also you might look at new shoes. I find mine only last about 3months. If I dont replace then within 4 months my knees and hips start to ache.

WILDEYES Posts: 16
11/12/10 1:09 P

i have knee issues too, and i just dont do what makes them hurt. if EVERYTHING huts, go to the dr.

i have found that as i exercise, i have less knee pain, so maybe i just have weak knees. who knows.

if you cant find anything that doesnt hurt, go to the dr.

ASHBAN Posts: 318
11/12/10 1:06 P

Doral,

Once you have been medically cleared....remember to strectch. Yoga is a great way to get your stretching done and this can help impove achy knees. I am a runner and for joint pain I use a lot of ice.

Don't give up.

Cheers,
Amy

LISSIE88 Posts: 635
11/12/10 12:30 P

I do agree to talk to your doctor to rule out any more serious problems.

Exercise bikes and elliptical machines have little impact which may ease the pain for you.

GNC sells calcium and vitamin D supplement chews that taste like candy. I never did check the nutrition, so I'm not sure if they're chocked full of sugar or anything, but they are so good.

LILPAT3 SparkPoints: (94,242)
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11/12/10 12:03 P

Best advice is to see your doctor! Swimming and water aerobics as well as biking usually provide exercises that are not too hard on the knees and when you see your doctor...you can ask if these types of exercises might be okay to try.

KJEANNE SparkPoints: (39,576)
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11/12/10 11:14 A

I agree with Nancy. Talk to your health care provider to determine why your knees ache. We can all share our stories and even our own ailments but itís better to find out whatís happening with your body. You might also ask them for advice on what exercises do not stress your knees.



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11/12/10 10:48 A

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STACI_HEREFORME Posts: 450
11/12/10 9:56 A

I have minor knee issues from a car accident (broke both my legs, have titanium rods in each leg). Mainly I can't handle heavy impact on the knees. Especially if it involves landing on both feet at the same time. So I modify exercises if they feel uncomfortable. I do try things again occasionally, to make sure any modifications are because of discomfort and not due to me being afraid to try them. (Have recently progressed to doing mountain climbers though I don't get nearly as much range as other people.)

In addition to working with your doctor, perhaps try to find cardio & exercises that don't cause discomfort. Strength training may help over time... Trial & error may help you find what works and what doesn't.

And keep in mind the largest factor on weight loss is eating right & in reasonable amounts to create a calorie deficit while still fueling your body.

Edited by: STACI_HEREFORME at: 11/12/2010 (09:58)
DAPHNE_RUNS Posts: 4,215
11/11/10 11:59 P

I was not look for supplement suggestions, but I merely curious if achy knees was a common ailment for people who are exercise daily.

I mentioned the Vitamin D deficiency because I am amazed that I need to take a supplement for that considering the fact that I live in Miami and I walk outdoors between one hour to three hours a day. And I always doing yard work or something else that brings me outdoors regardless of the never ending humid days here.

In my younger days (high school), I used to run: cross-country, various middle distance races and countless 10Ks and I gave up running because I remember the shin splints I endured no matter what shoes I wore. And I had running shoes exclusively for running and a separate pair for everyday use.

I thought this would be a good place to get insight if other people were experiencing similar pain while exercising.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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11/11/10 11:34 P

Please note that there could be many causes to achey knee joints and we are not in the position to offer suggestions as to supplements (especially if these meds are contraindicated with other meds) or exercises which could make your suggestion worse. This is why we refer you back to your health care provider.

Nancy

LINDAE12 Posts: 484
11/11/10 11:29 P

I have similar pain in my knees. Leg extensions without weights, about 50 per day, every day have helped immensely. I also decreased the weight I used on leg involved exercises. Calcium + vitamin D might help, as might glucosamine, although recent tests have shown that glucosamine is of little to no help in joint pain. I think that it helps me.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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11/11/10 11:23 P

Hi Dora,

We are not in a position to say what the cause for your achey knees could be. You may want to consider contacting your health care to get his/her take on what could be causing this condition.

I wish you well!
Nancy

DAPHNE_RUNS Posts: 4,215
11/11/10 11:12 P

My knees ache when I exercise and I alternate strength and cardio 6 days a week and both workouts are putting stress on my knees. What can I do to ache less?

I just had a physical and had my good/bad cholesterol blood work done and everything came out great except I was informed that I need to take Vitamin D supplement. I walked to Walgreen's today to get a second opinion and they said that a Vitamin D deficiency means my calcium may be low too and they recommended I take Calcium + D. Could this be why my knees ache? I am only 39 years old. Advice anyone.

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