You can talk to your doctor. Either he or a Physical Therapist can show you several exercises to help strengthen your knees/legs to help prevent further injury. It would be a good idea to get it checked out now with the pain and swelling and see if and when they would recommend it.
I did Day 1 of the 5K beginner training last night and woke to a swollen and painful knee. I know that I've had problems with my knees in the past, and am HOPING I can manage to train again tomorrow without issue, BUT its not likely. Is there something less stressful on the knee? I am EXTREMELY dissapointed in myself because I've always wanted to run a 5K. Has anyone used an elliptical and if so, will it help to strengthen my knees possibly so that I can work up to a 5K?
Don't give up! Do as your doctor tells you to do because you want to heal and not have lasting problems. When he recommends it I would suggest asking him about knee strengthening exercises. That will keep you busy and supplement your walks and runs when you are able to get back to them. Lots of chair exercises to keep you motivated and going till then. The important thing is to pick up another routine for now.
That's how I spent my last weeks of basic training, (Army). I know the pain can be depressing. Just don't give up. If there is a pool available to you try to keep up an aerobic workout without stressing you knee/leg. I would suggest not even using your legs while swimming. Using a flotation device under your legs and pull yourself with your arms. Believe me - a tiring workout. Remember RICE. Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. After initial week heat may also feel good. Good luck. Let me know how you're doing. Don't give in, don't give up.
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So I am horribly disappointed to have pulled(?) a ligament in my right knee. It is the ligament that runs on the inside of my right knee. Doctor's orders are no running until the pain stops, which he says could be as long as 3-4 weeks. Anyone out there deal with the same injury and if so what should I expect? Right now, I have pain and swelling (and a bad attitude to go with it, but I am trying!) :) Any encouragement would be great. I was getting ready to go to week 4 and was feeling great. Now I am afraid I will never start again as that has been a strong pattern for me in the past.
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