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4 Knee Stretches and 7 Strengthening Exercises to Decrease Pain

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  • This grossly oversimplistic article can only have been written by someone who is too young and inexperienced to know what arthritis and 60 years of hard work do to your knees. There is a lot involved in keeping your knees going and these few exercises aren't going to cut it; not by a long shot The writer didn't even mention the most important thing you need to know about knee care--Sam-e. By time Ms. Mueller is 65 and actually knows what real knee pain is, we'll see if she's still whistling the same tune.
  • These excercises all sound good. I have had two herniated disks for years, along with the shot of cortisone to numb the sciatic nerve, but when I try to do the least little stretch excercise, my leg goes numb and I experience pain in the back and the nerve gets touchy also. So what is a person to do about excercising? I try to work through the pain, but I'm not much good at it since the pain doesn't really go away until I stop the excercise.
  • Thank you for these exercises! I've had problems with my kneecap "moving around" and these will be great to strengthen the adductors!
  • I have a torn ACL and have been looking for exercises. Thanks.
  • I have a torn ACL and have been looking for exercises. Thanks.
  • Thanks for these exercises. I had most of my medial meniscus removed a few months back, and the specialist that operated did not recommend PT, and actually discouraged me from exercising. Needless to say, it still hurts! I'm hoping these will strengthen my quads enough to take away the pain.
  • I have been looking for more exercises to strengthen my knees. I was in Physical Therapy a few years ago, but I don't have all of that equipment they were using. These are great for someone who doesn't have a gym membership or the $$ to buy a lot of equipment.
  • I need to add that adding weight for the abductor exercise is NOT recommended after knee replacement surgery. Also, no kneeling is allowed for knee replacements. FYI
  • Thanks I needed a refresher course on knee exercises. One of my knees was replaced 4 months ago and I have been having stiffness in both knees. Also, Dr. said to do quadriceps strenghtening and there is a good exercise for that, also...
  • These will help my 87 year old friend who has been having problems with her knees hurting. I'll pass them to her.
  • This is exactly what I was looking for. I've been having problems with my left knee for about six months. It was sudden due to injury, did PT for 3 months, and as mentioned previously, as long as I'm moving it is fine, but as soon as I sit for a while, my whole leg gets pretty tight (I think because I've been protecting my knee). Anyway, the demonstrations are good, and most of the hamstring stretches demo'd are from the prone position, unless I'm overlooking something. They still do the job.

    http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exer
    cise_demos.asp?exercise_type=stretch
  • There are visual aids - in the fitness section under EXERCISE DEMONSTRATIONS - STRETCHING EXERCISES.
  • NEW1964
    It would really help if there were visual aids associated with the described exercises. The written descriptions are not enough for me to understand what I should be doing.
  • NEW1964
    It would really help if there were visual aids associated with the described exercises. The written descriptions are not enough for me to understand what I should be doing.
  • NEW1964
    It would really help if there were visual aids associated with the described exercises. The written descriptions are not enough for me to understand what I should be doing.

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