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Do Your Knees Talk???

Saturday, February 02, 2013

What's the best treatment for creaky, arthritic knees?

a. Sitting down
b. Taking glucosamine supplements
c. Doing tai chi
d. Taking shark cartilage pills

Answer: c. In controlled experiments, glucosamine and shark cartilage have failed to reliably relieve knee pain, but a 2011 review of multiple studies of tai chi---that famously flowing series of stretches and poses---concluded that it is generally effective at controlling pain and improving physical function.

When I was young (back when dinosaurs roamed), I was a cheerleader. Whenever I would bend my knees, they would talk to me..........they would snap, and groan, and creak and I was always glad for a noisy crowd, because then it wouldn't be noticeable. I always thought, (erroneously I now know) that my knees were bad because I was too hard on them. I was constantly jumping on and off trampolines, doing splits, cartwheels, contorting them in various positions for our more intricate cheers, etc.. Now, I know that it wasn't the constant exercise that was causing the problem. It was arthritis. The exercise was probably keeping me more mobile and keeping the arthritis from getting worse. I now know that sitting for long periods and being inactive in general is much more damaging. I will now be looking into that Tai Chi class I have wondered about for too long!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
INFLATED 2/5/2013 6:52AM

    I am thinking of suing my knees for non-support.

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DIET_FRIEND 2/3/2013 3:14PM

    I would like to do tai chi too! It doesn't look too arduous and my knees are rather sensitive.

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2015FRESHSTART 2/3/2013 9:22AM

My knees talk to me a lot also. Maybe I should be looking into taking Tai Chi Classes too.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/3/2013 8:25AM

    Oh boy . . . my knees have regular conversations! LOL

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MISSDAISY23 2/3/2013 12:15AM

    That's why I just joined Tai Chi class recently. Yes, you should go for it!

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EVWINGS 2/2/2013 11:50PM

    Great post! You'll have to come back and let us all know how the Tai Chi does for you. Many of us have similar issues.

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ARTJAC 2/2/2013 11:45PM


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FAT2GAINHEALTH 2/2/2013 10:47PM

    I also use naproxen everyday in am and it helps.
Marcia emoticon

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123ELAINE456 2/2/2013 10:43PM

  Great Information!!! Thank You for Sharing!!! God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Delightful Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!

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MS.ELENI 2/2/2013 10:32PM


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CHARTHESTAR 2/2/2013 10:19PM

    good information to know.
Thanks for sharing!

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JESSBOND 2/2/2013 10:17PM

    That's great to know! I hope you get around to the Tai Chi and your knees improve! emoticon

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FLAME42 2/2/2013 9:49PM

    I have heard before that movement is good for this problem. It can hurt to move but it does work in the long run.

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