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Hi Carole, you'll find a lot of good info here.
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I can tell you that water aerobics and any arthritic classes where water is offered is great. I have been doing water aerobics over a year. One day one of the ladies mentioned she had no knee pain anymore and I had noticed it also. I will continue with this type of exercise as long as I can. I need both knees replaced and my orthopedic surgeon suggested the water class and I am so glad I took it. It is also the only exercise I am willing to get up and go to without any hesitation. Good luck on whatever you all choose.
Have a great day. I hope it will be pain free.
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Hi, I've had 2 total hip replacements and no longer feel any pain whatsoever. You said you hurt all over. If this includes the knees after replacement, you should really discuss this with your surgeon.
You are on the right track with keeping the quads strong since they and the hamstrings support the knee. Low impact activities are likely best for you. Since a pool sounds difficult, try cycling. I love it and find it great. I still cycle in winter indoors. You can get a contraption that converts your bike into an indoor bike. You remove the back wheel and attach it to a big roller.
There are also the chair exercises on Spark
The nearest pool is about an hour away. I love to swim and when I get my cataract surgeries out of the way will probably try it. Funny you mention this as they are having the local polar bear swim for cancer today. Aquasize is probably one of the best exercises for arthritis. Thanks for the feedback.
Hi back, Don't worry about mobility. It will come gradually. I concentrate mostly on keeping my legs strong, especially my quads. If you have an exercise ball it helps keep your core strong while doing fairly simple stuff. Sit on the ball, or a chair, arms down and march - right, left, right etc. I do 10 each leg and repeat, but don't overdo. Another good one - lie on your back and bend your knees, bring heels into your behind but not too close. Don't strain. Now lift right foot until leg is at right angles then put it down. Then lift left leg. Repeat. Keep small of back flat on the floor. Sounds easy but only do 2 or 3 to start. I learned these two in physio. Another is shallow knee bends. Don't allow knees to go past the toes. I suggest standing in a doorway for balance and to stop your knees from giving out. And please don't overdo. Are you taking physio at all?
I have OA in my right shoulder and have been diagnosed with signs of OA in both hips and knees.
Do you have access to a pool? I noticed at my local community centre that both aqua fit and aqua flex classes are offered. The aqua flex is geared toward people with limited movement/range of motion. I'm definitely thinking of signing up for these classes.
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Hi Carole, Your message caught my attention when you said you'd had knee replacements. I had 1 total replacement on Jan. 9th. and am somewhat anxious about my future capabilities; however, even if I have limited range of motion if I don't have the pain I can't ask for more. I am 66 years old. The other knee ain't great either.
I am curious about the kind of exercises you are doing as you kick start? I'm thinking of beginners yoga and stretching; it's been 3 years since I've done much aerobic and resistance.
Just a thought. I certainly wish you all the best as you gear up again.
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I have had four surgeries for osteoarthritis; 2 knee replacements, a toe fusion and miniscus repair. I hurt everywhere and am actually afraid to exercise. I start out slow but then get so sore I quit. I feel really down about myself and after reading a few of your stories thought I would try to reach out to someone. I'm 73, in fairly good health and have recently lost 20 lbs. I'm still working on that. I'm slated for cataract surgery tomorrow and again in 2 weeks. Anyone out there in the same boat? I do feel like a woose. Other than that I'm in really good spirits. Now all I have to do is kick my spirits in the behind to get them moving.