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1/5/12 10:54 P


Glad to hear you are going to talk with your doc. The knee is such a complex joint as I'm sure you are aware of, so getting advice from the one most familiar with your situation is really the best idea.

I wish you well!
Coach Nancy

LATISHA764 Posts: 2
1/5/12 10:21 P

I was given the clearance to walk and because I was able to do that just fine I went ahead and tried to do more, yet take it easy. I dont do much resistance. I will definitely take your advice and contact my dr. I dont want to give up because i cant take the pain. Thank you so much :)

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1/5/12 10:03 P

-return to your doctor and get a doctors clearance..

I don't use ellipticals because they hurt me too...
As the body stands, each knee bears approximately 50% of the weight of the body; as the body moves, the forces directed into each foot and up into each knee can approach three times the body weight of the person. Ten pounds (4.5 kg) of excess weight will translate into 30 lb (13.6 kg) of increased force with each stride..

Make sure your knees can handle what your dishing out to them, I race walk on dirt tracks to avoid impact stress fractures in my spinal column and my joints protesting from artifical movements on cardio machines.. Ellipticals give me direct pain.. But if I walk, I can walk 10km no problems or do I need to take pain killers.. I had a long period of time efter lossing weight- where my legs regained their correct allignment.. Huge saddle bags on the thighs can also push knees out of alignment.. I had to reduce my weight working with my nutrition to feel better...
even as light as I am now - the weight off helps my knees it doesn't cancel out the damage done.. It just puts off having to have knee replacements so early in my life..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 1/5/2012 (22:08)
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1/5/12 9:55 P

no, pain is not a good thing. Discomfort due to exercise and pain are two entirely different things.

Have you been cleared by your doctor to exercise?

Strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee joint can help if you have been cleared to exercise.

LATISHA764 Posts: 2
1/5/12 9:33 P

I hope this is the right place to post this, I am just getting back into exercise and while i do enjoy it I am having a bit of a struggle. A little over a year ago I was in an accident and my knees have been bothering me, I need help finding exercise that will been beneficial and not put a lot of strain on my knees until I can work the strength back up in them. Currently I do elliptical, walking and have started a dance class. Love all of them however this morning my knees are killing me. I know that pain is a good thing but I don't want to give up because I cant bear it.

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