There are also special formulas with MSM, chondrotin, and hylauronic complex that your body may be lacking as we age. These keeps the joints lubricated so they glide smoothly and it may be lacking in your diet or you just can't get enough from all the processed food. Try it and see. I like the liquid ones better than the capsules and some have all three in it. You can order a bottle from Puritan's Pride website for less than ten bucks with shipping etc.
It didn't answer the question about the need to lose weight before doing some of these exerciess. It's not good to really twist the knees hard and a person who is overweight is putting much more stress on their knees than a person who is of "normal" weight.
I know.. I have had three surgeries all to remove cartilage in my knees... I now have none and must be more careful than ever not to injure my knees.
This is different from the quadriceps stretch you're thinking of. Jen's article aims to strengthen and stretch, so the text is correct. Coach Nicole has added stretching demos to the site. Check them out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exer cise_demos.asp?exercise_type=stretch
I'm sorry...not only would these exercises be easier to do with a visual, but the text instructions are far from clear. I'm especially confused with the quadriceps stretch. According to the description, you straighten your leg and hold. The quadricep is a knee extensor. To stretch it, you'd have to bend the knee, not straighten it. The hamstring stretch...I think I know the one they're trying to describe, but you'd never know it from their description!
I had knee arthroscopy 2 years back and it is the exercising that keeps me going. Nothing excessive but being regular is the key for me. Just trying it out while reading the article made me feel they will work for me. Thanks!
Pool walking or water aerobics are good alternatives too.
3/23/2008 9:23:19 PM
When SparkPeople talks about knee issues, is this in response to knee pain? Or is it also in response to crunching? I ask because my knees have been crunching (loud enough to hear) when I walk down stairs (climbing up isn't as bad). Fortunately, there's no pain involved, but it's very uncomfortable all the same, in an "ugh, why are my knees making this weird sound" kind of way. Also, if I'm seated and put my hand on my kneecap as I raise and lower my leg, I can feel all kinds of ... well, crunching. Although I haven't run in almost five years, I was hoping to get back to it this spring. However, the crunching has me worried -- I don't want to do serious damage. BTW, I could stand to lose about 30 pounds. Any suggestions? Thanks!
3/23/2008 3:29:41 PM
at age 25 oi was wearing a brace on both of my knees, all day, everyday just to function. i went to physical therapy and they started me on a program with a lot of these stretches and strengtheninging moves. i was also told for every 1# of weight i lost it would take 10# of pressure off my joints. i had never heard of such a thing but figured it was worth a try. i started watching what i ate, exercised regularly and within a year the braces were off. after 3 years i had lost 60lbs. now i am 30 yrs old and holding at the same weight, but the exercising i have kept up with and these people are not lying. i actually get stiff if i don't practice the stretches and exercising for a couple of days. the only person who can truly help you is you and you are worth it. i try to treat my exercise routine as the one thing i do for myself everyday and it is one of the most important times of the day.
My knees doesn't hurt right now but keep active. They sound like they would be good. I do have weak knees, because I have had to wear a brace before to help me work. I does not take much for a knee to go out, just twist. I will try these exerisesjut because of my pass with knee problem. To keep them from getting hurt.
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