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JANAMP09 Posts: 357
3/2/13 11:38 P

Agree with the advise not to push through the pain. There is the pain of pushing yourself and a bit of aching during exercise but real pain means stop doing what you are doing. Great advise to use pool to exercise. Also read up on anti inflammatory foods

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3/2/13 11:10 P

Sounds exactly like the symptoms of patellar tendinitis. I was diagnosed with it about 2 months ago. If you are too busy to go have it looked at, use a knee brace during strenuous activity or workouts, elevate, and ice it as much as possible!! Doing these things have helped me get through the pain. Hope this helped!

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3/2/13 10:36 P

Oh be kind to your knees! they are so important! (of course, whatever hurts suddenly becomes massively important!) NO pushing though pain - definitely take your knees to a doctor and have them looked at. My knees have been troubled since childhood & I've had several surgeries etc blah blah blah. Less weight = happier knees. I work out in the pool several times a week.

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3/2/13 9:36 A

A lot of things bother my knees too, and I baby them. Meaning if I try an exercise and it makes them hurt, I either don't do it again or reduce the number of reps to where it doesn't hurt.

For example lunges, if I do a lot of lunges my knees hurt the next day. If I keep the reps to 20 or under they don't. If I start a new activity that bends the knee a lot, I take it slow - try 10 reps see if that causes a problem. If it doesn't the next time I might add another 10.

I find my husbands elliptical hurts my knees so I never use it. Instead I got a Tony Little Gazelle - which doesn't involve knee bending. I can use that without any problems at all. I usually add weights to my wrists and ankles to improve the workout.

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3/1/13 10:30 P

I once had a small pain in my ankle but exercised anyway and I ended up not being able to walk for a week, luckily i only sprained it.

Something that has really helped me is resistance bands, and my gazelle. Obviously im no professional but this has helped me with my similar issue. Try taking it slow and only exercising on your treadmill for a while, also focus on stretching and working your muscles, by doing this you can slowly build up your muscles and flexibility before you try jumping exercises. Another thing I would suggest is whenever there is a jump just stand there, Two weeks after my ankle heeled I did the same exercise dvd that injured me I just avoided the exercise that caused it (burpees.) good luck!

3/1/13 9:53 P

I agree with everyone-it would be better if you made a visit to your doctor. It could be from the weight but that depends (I think) on how much you weigh, but it does sound like there might be something wrong. I've hard that for every extra pound you weigh, your knees are taking on 4 pounds. I would definitely ignore everyone's advice to 'push through the pain'.

2/26/13 1:00 P

Swimming and cycling are your best bets for bad knees. Get checked out by a doctor and if you have good insurance go directly to an orthopedist. Do not work out through any pain.
I have more than a few friends who's knees are shot, but they are avid cyclists. If you have access to a pool swimming is just about the best exercise you can do.

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2/26/13 12:13 P

When I was carrying too much weight everything hurt. I have lost 20 lbs and now I have much less pain. You need to keep moving, even if you just do it laying down, in a pool, using a mini-tampoline. Purchaing good shoes might help as well. The more you move the more weight you loose, the more you get to move in the future. There are floor bicycles you can use that require no impact. If you have starid with rails trying making trips up and down holding onto the rails to minimize impact.

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2/26/13 12:08 P

Ignore advice you receive from ANYONE about "pushing through the pain." Pain is your body's way of telling you something is *wrong*, and pushing through it is a great way to exacerbate injuries from something that needs some rest or support into something that needs surgery.

I agree you should see a doctor to find out why your knees hurt.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
2/26/13 10:58 A

swimming is great for knee problems.

ANGUSSANDY Posts: 10,516
2/26/13 5:15 A

Walking is great. Have you tried an elliptical?

DOUGLYE Posts: 1,541
2/26/13 3:20 A

So what's wrong with walking for cardio. Pick up the speed, get the heart pumping, head for some hills (assuming you have hills wherever you are ;-)
At 6.7 km/hour (just over 4 mph) walk, you should be able to get a pretty good workout. Add some hills, it is now like interval training. No bouncing. No hard jarring. Not hard enough? Get a backpack and add some weight. Be inventive

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/26/13 12:04 A

check with your dr. as to why your knees hurt. Water aerobics or bicycling is easy on the knees. I have arthritis and I take a spin bike class and my knees don't hurt.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
2/25/13 10:00 P

First: See a doctor and find out what's really going on with those knees. Pushing through the pain may cause more harm than good!

Keep doing what works for you. Can you add intensity to your walks? What about adding walking intervals, hills, or a ramp?

2/25/13 9:58 P

I can walk for hours without any trouble, but the minute I start doing anything involving a lot of 'bouncing' my knees - e.g. fast squats, repeated plies, or even just marching in place with the knees coming up to waist level - I get shapr pains under the kneecap. I've been told it's just because of my weight and to push through the pain - but it's hard enough making myself exercise at all. If it;s going to hurt like that, I won't be able to make myself do it. Now what? I can hardly go for 4 hour walks every day.

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