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11 Exercises That Help Decrease Knee Pain

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  • 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
  • EMMABE1
    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
  • 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 8:29:22 AM
  • I have arthritis in one of my knees...It was because I did exercise why it started to really hurt me again.!! I don't believe one should aggravate a bad knee with more exercise - 9/25/2008 6:32:56 PM
  • I stand by my original confusion about the quadriceps "stretch". What it describes is a quad SET, not a stretch. It instructs to straighten leg and hold. This is an isometric contraction. When your muscle contracts/shortens, it does not stretch/lengthen. - 8/22/2008 8:02:21 AM
  • http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitnes
    s_articles.asp?id=363
    Love the web site Thanks for sharing with us...i have such bad knee. I need to do this exercises. - 8/17/2008 7:37:47 PM

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