In 2011 I got two new knees (six months apart).
After 10 years of deterioration from osteoarthritis, this meant a big change.
Whether it is time for you to consider knee replacements or not, these ideas may be of help to you. . .
1. WATER -- go to the pool. You will find you can do so many things in water that you can't on land. Even the stretching is easier! And floating upright in the deep end is very good for your spine!
2. GOOD SHOES -- I needed orthotics because when knees are out-of-kilter, your feet and hips can be askew as well! Investing in good foot support is essential. A good pair of supportive walking shoes can make moving much more manageable!
3. SHORT STINTS -- don't expect yourself to "go the distance" -- take brief walks (10 minutes?) rather than pushing yourself for half an hour. Instead of taking a class, buy the DVD and break it up into shorter pieces until it's easier for you to manage.
4. BRACE what hurts -- even retail pharmacy knee supports can help. It depends on what fits you and supports you best. If your legs are heavy, you may want to consult your medical provider for a prescribed knee brace that is fitted to you -- well worth the investment!
5. ICE -- use it to reduce inflamation, in short doses 10-20 minutes with an ice pack where it hurts can make the difference in sitting all evening or going for a walk after supper!
Best of luck to you! I know it can really hurt to get moving, but if you're gentle with yourself, you can find routines that work for you.
Simple kindness to one's self and all that lives is the most powerful transformational force of all.
-David R. Hawkins
| Pounds lost: 3.0