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Advice from my PT

Friday, November 08, 2019

My therapy appointment was in the early afternoon today. I had a discussion with my Physical Therapist about doing my first workout since therapy yesterday (Leslie Sansone) and that one exercise (the kick back) was painful.

Here is what he had to say: Just do the first 17 minute one i started with yesterday until I feel comfortable with it. I told him how I am planning on beginning the Mediterranean Diet (probably in January) and that 30 minutes of exercise daily is what I am aiming for, increasing it sometimes. He advised not pushing myself too hard too fast. I remember reading, when my doctor mistakenly thought I might be suffering from arthritis, in that "Every pound of excess weight exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees. So a person who is 10 pounds overweight has 40 pounds of extra pressure on his knees; if a person is 100 pounds overweight, that is 400 pounds of extra pressure on his knees" I need to lose those 23 extra pounds I put back on, but I need to do it sensibly.

Here are his exact words for my knees: No hopping, no jumping, no jogging. No lunges, only reverse lunges. And when I squat, make sure I am really sitting into it, working my thighs and not my knees.

I love squats and am sure I will continue with Leslie's squats but her lunges are going to be done my way.
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    I know that baseball catchers all end up with knee problems as they age. Slow progress for the rest of us!
    11 days ago
    I am glad the physical therapist had some good advice there. Don't push yourself! I hate squats and lunges.
    11 days ago
    Listen to your therapist and carefully begin planning for a successful journey with the Mediterranean Diet.
    11 days ago
    Sounds like he knows what he's doing!

    When I was recuperating from my knee replacement, I decided to see how many miles I could walk the following month. Then, for each subsequent month, I made sure I walked 10 miles more. (Which came to adding about 1/3 of a mile per day.) It was a slow gain, but it also meant I wasn't overdoing it and stressing my healing muscles.

    So work up to your 20 or 30 minutes slowly. Don't push too hard.
    11 days ago
    Great PT advise. Slow and steady, do what you can.
    11 days ago
    You are in good hands. Sensible advice!

    Slow and steady ... emoticon not too much, too fast.

    Take care and enjoy your weekend.
    11 days ago
    Sounds like good advice! Shabbat Shalom!
    12 days ago
    Sounds like you have a good PT. Sensible. Take care of yourself and Shabbat Shalom, my friend.
    12 days ago
  • ANIMAI27
    I've been told the same with my knees. Also no stairs, no riding a bike, no letting my legs hang and swing. I totally agree with starting small and working up to where you want to be. Best of luck on your journey!!!
    12 days ago
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