I'm glad I found this article. For some reason, in the last week my knees have been giving me pain when I walk up stairs or even get in or out of a chair. They were weak before I started having pain so I think it is just being overweight and out of shape that is the problem. I was looking for something to help strengthen them.
Wow. It's amazing that so many people have problems with their knees. While I agree that stronger muscles around the knee could probably be helpful, it would be equally helpful to have comments from a physical therapist. We definitely don't want to make our situation any worse than what it is. I've also learned that our knees have good and bad days - so we have to go with the flow and maximize the strong days.
Best thing I found for my knees, is Mangosteen juice, and super antioxident along with elations!
9/25/2010 3:43:44 PM
In addition to the exercises mentioned in the article, I've found that walking backwards on a treadmill (or solid surface) is especially beneficial. Ten minutes at a low speed (1 mph), done daily, did the trick for me.
9/25/2010 10:39:50 AM
We do most of these in our morning boot camp. My knee is less achy, stiff and I'm building those muscles mentioned in the article. Steps are the worse thing for me but I do it correctly and maybe a bit slower but the more I move the better I feel!
In general, it's a great idea. The only problem I see is that the stretches they are doing are fairly outdated and ineffective. A much better idea would be to get instruction from a therapist who is trained in Active Isolated stretching or AIS. Here's an example of one of the flaws. First, the muscle fights the stretch after 2 seconds. Hold the stretch for two seconds and release. Do ten reps. You'll get a lot farther. Next, we never stretch a mucle under a load. We stretch relaxed muscles. Otherwise, it's like the body sending a signal to the muscle to contract, and trying to lengthen it at the same time. In generaly, stretching will help. We have helped thousands of people with knee pain at our clinic & spa. http://www.planetmassage.com/active_isolat ed_stretching
These exercises should certainly help me. I have bad arthritis in my knees and it has greatly limited my activities. I knew some of these exercises, some are new, but I'm going to work on them. Sometimes, and who knows why, we stop doing things along the way. After this reminder, I'm going to start them again. Thanks!
i tore something in my nee at work had ex rays, babied it is ok, i loved yoga and walkiigf and running, i have an ellipteca. i nw0red through it, pain pills last thhreee houre, release no restrctions. seemed beetter but normal activity and lifting at work ruined progress
i had arthroscopic knee surgery 3 weeks ago for a torn meniscus and i have been doing alot of these in my physical therapy, they are really helping and have decided to purchase a recumbant bike because it is helping me so much.
Actually going through a lot of knee pain for the last month and a half. Dr. says that it is arthritis and gave me meds. They are not working!!! This is my second time with knee pain. Theraphy helped the first time, I could remember any of the exercises, so I am grateful for these. I think this will help me get back on my feet where I can really workout. Right now confined to siting only and that is making me fatter.
I'm really glad to see that biking is a good exercise -- it's one of my preferred forms of cardio! I fell down the stairs of a double-decker bus when I was in high school and really bashed up the soft tissue in my left knee. I didn't break the joint or anything, but I experienced pain and stiffness for a long time afterward, enough so that I've always been wary of what's going to happen with that knee as I get older. Good to know that my favorite cardio is helping prevent knee surgery!
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