Well, if you continue exercising with pain, who's to say that next season after the weather warms up that you'll be able to exercise at the same level, if at all if you permanently damage it. I'm not saying your doomed to damage it, but it is a high possibility. Think in the long term. Do you want to heal so that in the future you can continue being as active as you have been, or do you want to risk dealing with it the rest of your life?
Starting Weight- 225 January, 2013
Pounds lost: 37.0
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9/11/13 10:01 P
I know, I probably should do a full rest, but it's frustrating because except for the 2nd day after it happened it hasn't really been truly painful. Just uncomfortable so I want to be able to do something. I am at least avoiding jogging because that was what caused it in the first place, I really want to get out running on these last couple weeks before the weather turns and the snow starts but I've been avoiding it. Also passed on a big backpacking trip this weekend as well.
It sucks but rest is the best thing you can do right now. I ignored micro-tears in my hamstring in college and while it never got surgical, that hip can still tell the weather 7 years later...with 6 months of rehab.
Consider using a brace while walking around. It will help support the ligaments/tendons as they move back into place as you rest. When you start exercising again, leave off the brace because then you'll just train your muscles to depend on it.
My favorite icing tools are either a bag of frozen peas (or other similarly shaped frozen food item) or a paper cup filled with water and frozen. You tear off the rim of the cup and rub the ice on your knee for 20 minutes.
current weight: -0.8 under
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9/11/13 4:00 P
You're not going to want to hear this, but you're going to need to lay off any exercise for a few days. no exercise. just take it easy to see if the swelling will go down. It seems that anything you do (including swimming) doesn't help.
I know you want to stay active, but when it comes to knee injuries you have to be very careful. This is what I tell people who have a knee injury. You have two choices. You can take 2 weeks off now to see if your knee will get better OR you can take 2 months off later to recover from surgery.
Because that's what's going to happen if you try to workout on that knee. You risk making the injury chronic and ending up with surgery. Take a few days off. You will not derail any of your efforts at weight loss or good health because you can't exercise. And you shouldn't exercise at all. Could you try strength training while sitting in a chair ? Yes, but I think that would just cause you to consider doing a full body workout anyway. Which in turn could cause more problems.
Take a few days off. Don't even think of trying to run on it if you think it feels okay. I can assure you as someone who has dealt with knee injuries, it's not okay. keep use to the bare mimimum i.e. walk to get groceries.
keep the ice on it. elevate it and definitely put a call in to your doctor. You may need a specialist to have a look at it. Knee injuries are the worst and when something like this happens, you have to baby that knee. Otherwise, you will end up with chronic knee problems.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 9/11/2013 (16:02)
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9/11/13 3:51 P
So I hurt my knee about a week ago. It started on a little 3 mile run I was on. i didn't think anything of it and just fnished my run. Then in the evening I noticed it was a bit painful going down stairs, everything else was fine. Next day, I still went on a 16 mile backpacking trip. The 4 miles the first day weren't bad, little uncomfortable but nothing I hadn't dealt with before. The last 3 miles the second day were hell. I made it out of the woods through sheer force of will.
So I've been iciing and resting, but it just refuses to get back to 100%. It's not really painful, just uncomfortable right along a line on the outside of my knee. The jarring motiong with jogging scares me. I went swimming but that made it stiff and sore afterwords. The first time I did a staitionary bike with it, it felt fine, but yesterday it was a bit more painful. It always returns to feeling the same the next day tho. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on cardio for a knee that's just being annoying more than anything.
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