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LONG35 Posts: 10,325
10/12/11 11:20 P

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Your doctor can prescribe water therapy for you, which you can probably get at the Y without paying membership. Look into it.
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10/12/11 8:15 P

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thank you i have taken yesterday and today off the pain has diminished some and i have plans to workout tomorrow. water exercise therapy is only available at the ymca and the membership cost is out of range for me. did do it for a while about five years ago and i did like it.

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10/11/11 4:21 P

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I have to go along with your other replies.
If your joint is swollen and painful, you should be back at your doc!
If it's "just" painful, there are a variety of exercises that you can do.
Knees -you have to be careful with, because you can't always rely on a replacement op.
However - I do a variety of the SP Lower Body WorkOut Exercises, despite my knee problems. I just have to be aware that if it's not working for me that day, I don't do any more of the particular exercise that day.

Also, you can modify some of the exercises - like squats, you don't *have* to go really low; and lunges, you don't have to go too far or too low.
And there are exercises that can be done seated instead of standing or lying (especially the latter, if your knees give you problems trying to get back up off the floor).

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10/11/11 3:24 P

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I think your question has been answered. Talk to your doctor, Do the RICE treatment and water therapy. There are also safe chair exercises you can do. Best of Luck to you.

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No! Swelling is bad. Talk to your doctor but I was told that gentle, low-impact(water if you can get to it) is the best. Be careful and hope you feel better soon. emoticon


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10/11/11 9:54 A

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Absolutely NOT! Swelling means that joint is seriously inflamed. Use RICE to get it happy again: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.

The rule of thumb that the PT gave me was that the joint will be somewhat painful while being used but it should not be painful 1 hour after you have stopped.

Another low impact activity you might like is cycling.

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10/11/11 3:24 A

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I might add that if a pool is available to you, water exercises would always be a good choice - you can move without weight on the knee, and it feels sooooo good. You might ask your Dr. to prescribe water therapy if it's available where you are.
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10/10/11 10:26 P

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That is a question I would ask my DR about. I exercise when my knee is a bit swollen but everyone is different. I don't do heavy or exerices that are hard on my knees as I am trying to hold off a knee replacement for as long as I can.

If you can't exercise with our knee than do exercises that you can sit down and do. That will keep you moving but not put any stress on your knee. I guess it all depends on how bad you knee is swollen. But one thing is that you have to keep it moving.

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10/10/11 10:17 P

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okay knows i have arthritis in my left knee since 1998 when i had acl replacement in left knee. there is no meniscus in that knee so it is bone on bone. never really thought about pain in the knee as arthritis but as of late it is making me miserable more often. like today. is it good to exercise when a joint is swollen to almost twice its size? just curious.

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