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11 Exercises That Help Decrease Knee Pain

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  • VICKY50
    I have had 5 knee surguries and all your excercises add stree to the knee. Lunges, extensions, squats.... a lot of strees on the knee. How about something less stressful on the knee? - 4/3/2009 7:59:43 PM
  • I can't even walk for 20 minutes without ending up with pain in my knee. I fell on it last year and now that I am exercising I am in so much pain, and realise something is really wrong.

    46 and I can't walk normal? I loved doing the day 1 cardio work out but I can't do it anymore. Reading the tips I am not sure I am doing it right, to be honest I do not think so so I agree with the rest , please show us at least some pics how to do it properly.
    and I am going to make an appointment with the doctor first. :) - 3/29/2009 1:22:57 PM
  • My legs are very strong but, The more I workout the more my knees hurt at night. I don't get it. I do elliptical 3 times a week, I used to do the spinning class twice a week, I stopped the spinning class after my knees started having burning sensation at night sleeping.
    Elliptical is my favorite type of cardio excercise but Elliptical is NOT low impact at all. I have first hand experience, I love getting a great work out at the expense of hurting my knees, i know i should stop it, i just enjoy it too much. - 3/26/2009 7:25:43 PM
  • MAPGIRL7
    Definitely need visual demonstrations for the knee exercises ... that would be a great help! - 3/26/2009 10:32:47 AM
  • I agree with other posters that visual demonstrations would be nice. Just as with all the other spark exercises on the website. Putting them in a mini spark video would be nice too. All of them together in one little video would be super convenient. - 3/24/2009 8:41:14 PM
  • Please, please, please include these exercises in the pictures on how to do the exercises. I desperately need to strengthen my leg muscles as my knees have collapsed inward and, because I have been extremely sedentary for a long time I am now almost immobile. I am too heavy to have a replacement (I am trying to do something about that, but there is a long way to go), and the key to my mobility is to strengthen my leg muscles.
    If I don't do these exercises properly it will defeat the purpose!! So please, demonstrations are very necessary. - 3/24/2009 7:02:26 PM
  • These are great! Even at my desk! - 3/24/2009 1:20:49 PM
  • These exercises looked wonderful - - sure wish there was a video where we could watch & see how they're actually done! Some of us are VISUAL learners and the words don't explain how to do them for our learning style.

    Thank you, though, for the wonderful information. Knee pain plagues most elderly people and perhaps if they had started taking care of their knees in earlier years, they might have avoided a lot of grief later on.
    - 3/24/2009 11:49:55 AM
  • I like the hamstring stretches and the strengthening, but don't see how the others stretch the quads. - 3/24/2009 7:23:34 AM
  • what does jhudge mean under your comment articles? - 3/24/2009 5:41:06 AM
  • SEAQUILTER
    Having Injured my knee, I haven't been back to my stretching exercises.
    With this marticle, I can get do the exercises to strength the knee and get
    back to where I once was. Great. - 3/8/2009 5:28:02 PM
  • It would be GREAT if these exercises could be added to the demos. It's so important to have strong knees and I and several others on my team have realized this as we have injured ours. It would be wonderful to be able to see how this is done (and have a bit more details on how it's done, so that it IS done right.

    I know that I thought for a VERY long time that squats were done differently than what they are, and that they were bad for the knees (and I didn't do them), but now that I know how to properly do them (and using them), it has been helping my knees. - 1/14/2009 10:52:00 PM
  • This article is great! I'll be trying these. Squats and lunges are killing me - 1/14/2009 6:13:28 PM
  • ATLANTA8
    If you have osteoarthritis (aka degenerative joint disease) avoid stairs, especially going down stairs, as this will aggravate your condition. The problem comes with increased pressure to the joint and as you go down a stair. The effect is 7 times your weight coming down on the diseased joint. OUCH! Also avoid kneeling which aggravates the condition. To prolong deterioration and reduce the pain, concentrate on exercises that work the surrounding joint muscles, but do not use stair steps. Stationary bikes and elipticals are good and water aerobics are great!! Also----don't work through pain. Working to pain is OK but if you have pain lasting longer than 10 minutes after the workout, back off that exercise. - 10/20/2008 3:56:07 PM
  • This is great. I had developed severe knee pain during jogging and it turned out that my quads were not adequately stretched. I will try these, too to help me keep my knees in good shape.
    Thanks! - 9/27/2008 8:31:01 AM

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