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Just stopping by to say hello! I'm Amber - a 29 year old stay at home mom. I've had terrible knee pain since Thanksgiving last month and finally got a xray and MRI last week. I found out yesterday that I have a torn meniscus. I made an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon this Thurs and will find out if I need surgery or not. Glad I found this group!

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Lisa,welcome..........
so sorry to hear about your knee issues over the last few years!!!
i too had arthroscopic knee surgery to both knees at the same time......they had me in physio the next day doing 10 minutes on the bike........i walk with a cane but the cane is causing some hip issues so if i have to walk more than 15 minutes i use the cane........for longer walks i use walking poles which allows me to walk faster than with a cane......i also have done the treadmill for the last 4 years.......i started at level 1 which is a rather slow treadmill and am now at 2.5.......i still cannot go much faster even though i have tried but i found i could go higher so have worked on that and have reach the top height of 15 and slowly work my way down...which in itself creates a bit of a challenge for me........i also am in the pool at least 3 days per week doing laps and aquafit in the deep water.......you may find that form of exercise great for your knees and as well as a great workout too.........
hope this gives you some ideas for getting some exercise in.........keep us posted as to how things are going........wishing you all the best as we journey here together.........
blessings and hugs...........lita

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Hi. I'm Lisa. I'm 44 years old. I was in the best shape of my life when I was 40 (having lost 45 pounds). The hit NBC show inspired me to lose weight; however, it also inspired me to run 5k races. I ran three in 2008 and two in 2009. Unfortunately, my knees were not meant for running. emoticon In April 2010 I had arthroscopic knee surgery - partial meniscectomy in my right knee. Not only can I no longer run, I cannot do high impact/step aerobics either. emoticon Since the surgery I regained 35 pounds and still have problems with my right knee if I do too much (even walking at a pace of 4mph on the treadmill). I'm determined to get rid of the weight once again and find some aerobic exercise activities that will not bother my knee and some toning routines that will help strengthen it. Thanks for *listening*.

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Karol,welcome back to Sparkpeople..........
great to have you join us on the Knee's team............
so sorry to hear about the blood clot,was it a complication .from the surgery???
my husband had a large clot in his thigh and he too was followed for over a year between blood and meds.........i bet you are glad that is now behind you.......
keep us posed as to how things are going...
wishing you much success with your journey......
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maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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Hi I'm Karol, I had a scope on my right knee 14 months ago. I then got a blood clot. Was on blood thinner for 10 months. Now that I'm off that, I'm back to SparkPeople. I still have issues with my knee. It is as good as it will get I guess. I look forward to meeting everyone. Good luck on our SP healthy journey! emoticon

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welcome,BEBOP4ME...........
so sorry to hear of your knee issues especially with the arthroscopic surgery .....
wondering what medication you are taking and maybe the dose needs some adjustment????
but am glad to hear you will be having something done especially with all the pain and discomfort...............It seems to affect everything in your daily life perhaps more so when you have young children to keep up with............
keep us posted as to how things are going...............wishing you all the best with your up and coming surgery............blessings and hugs.........lita

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Hello, My right knee is fine and happy, but my left knee has the arthritis of a person 2x my age according to my ortho dr. My first ortho dr did arthroscopic surgery for my torn meniscus and didn't touch the meniscus, he was so bothered by the arthritis. He cleaned up the arthritis and made my knee 10x more painful. So now after cortizone and synvisc shots and a knee unloader brace, I am having a partial knee replacement on November 20th.

I have a 4 and 7 year old and would like to go on walks with them. I though the knee arthroscopy to repair my meniscus would have helped me do that, but I am in constant pain day and night now. After the fact, I found out from the internet and my second doctor, that knee arthroscopic surgery isn't recommended now unless your knee is giving way or unless you are having it to get a knee replacement.

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Susan,welcome.................
great to have you on our team............. many of us here have had similar experiences and are able to offer their help and support as we journey here together.........
wishing you all the best with your lifestyle changes...........keep us posted as to how things are going.................
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maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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Hello! I am Susan, early 40's in Illinois. I have over 100lbs to lose and a 7 yr old daughter to keep up with... My knees, hips and ankles take one heck of a beating!! I am hoping that losing the excess weight will be enough to knock this pain right out of my knees...

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Cherie ...........
wondering of your ortho dr is familiar with the Duke University program????
by the time you need your knee replacement they may have developed something even better!!!
great that you are so pro active for yourself..........
not often are we so pro active for ourselves!!! way to go...........
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No, I don't live anywhere near Duke University. I live in Yuma, Arizona now (moved here from Montana 7 years ago). But I'd be willing to travel anywhere in the country where I could have that type of surgery if it were available. I learned about the Duke research about 8-10 years ago when there was a short blurb on NBC news about it. I then followed up online with finding out all that I could about it. But they stopped the program more than 5 years ago apparently due to one patient getting an infection from the cadaver cartilage. It did sound wonderful though. They even had one patient over 400 lb. who was able to begin walking normally immediately following surgery. Even if that program has been stopped, I look for something similar for me by the time I've lost enough to have some sort of surgery for my knees.


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Cherie,welcome.....
wow have you defied the odds or what.......you should kiss the ground you walk on!!!
sounds like you are doing all the right things and getting back to the pool as soon as you can is the bets for your knees!!!
have not heard of the cadaver knee replacements as yet.....i just been on the internet searching and could not find anything about the cadaver knee replacement at Duke there are other things but nothing specific as what you mentioned...maybe someone here may respond concerning this issue.......
do you live near by Duke where you could do some research a little closer to home or perhaps through your dr etc?????
wishing you all the best with your journey...we are all here together offering our help and support......keep us posted......blessings and hugs............lita

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I just discovered this team and wonder why I hadn't been here before. When I was 22 years old (and weighed 126 lb.) I fell down a flight of stairs, spraining both ankles and breaking cartilage in both knees (but I didn't know that at the time because the ankle pain was so great). After a couple of months when my ankles started to heal, my knees were starting to get my attention so I went back to the doctor and had xrays. He said that because they were so bad, I'd be in a wheelchair within 5 years. Well, I'm 65 now and still not in a chair, although I nearly gave up this past spring. But I'm now in physical therapy for my knees and both rotor cuffs, which had been torn years ago. I'm not a candidate for surgery for knees OR shoulders, but after I lose some more weight, knee replacement may be considered. In the meantime, I need to be able to move better to help my weight loss and general health improve. I still have over 100 lb. to lose so it will take a long time. Until now, I've only been able to do upper body work with 2-lb. weights, chair marching and trying to walk 500 steps a day. When I started SP, I needed help to walk 10 feet from my chair to the bathroom. I am now able to walk 30-35 feet without my cane and about 50 feet more with my cane. Still, it's very limited, and my knees have been bone-on-bone for years. About once a week one of the knees gives out and without my cane, I'd be falling a lot. After my first PT session this week, my left knee buckled and gave out 4 times within the next hour--I don't know why that stepped up so much, as the PT was not excessive, mostly evaluation. I did have a bad fall again last October, breaking the right knee, spraining the left one and wrenching my right shoulder in the attempt to break my fall. I lost all feeling in the right knee for 7 months, but it's now back, and I think everything is healed again. Cellulitis has kept me out of the pool, but I had started exercising in a rehab pool 2 days a week 9 years ago. That lasted for 2 years and then we moved from Montana to Arizona. We bought a place here near a clubhouse with 2 pools and a hot tub, so we could continue water exercise, which we did daily then for several more years. A foot surgery and several bouts of cellulitis interrupted that and I'm just now getting ready to go back into the pool.
At the time of my fall 43 years ago, doctors told me the knee surgery was not perfected yet. Then, when it was perfected, I was in my 30s and they said I was too young, as I'd need my knees replaced 2 or 3 times during my remaining lifetime (they were supposed to last 10-20 years). Now that I'm older, years of being sedentary have combined to leave me too heavy to be considered for surgery. And while many of our senior friends have had knee replacement surgery, many of them are not happy with the procedure. I'm not so sure I want to have it done when I do lose the weight.
A few years ago, I heard of a study being done at Duke University involving replacing cartilage with a full cadaver knee cartilage, requiring only a small incision on either side of the knee, local anesthetic, and no recuperation time. Patients could get up off the table following surgery and walk out. At least one patient had been over 400 lb., so weight was not a restriction either. I was waiting for approval for that surgery, as it sounded like a wonderful answer to my problem, but the last I heard was that they quit doing it when someone developed an infection from the cadaver cartilage. This was after scores of successful procedures. Now I read that cadaver cartilage is being used in children's foot and knee surgery--the cartilage is chopped into small pieces and spread over the area to replace and in time it grows together in place. We also have a friend who just received cadaver cartilage for a spinal surgery at Mayo clinic. These are NOT experimental surgeries. They've been approved. Does anybody know any more about the Duke University method of knee cartilage replacement using cadavers? If possible, that is the method I'd like done. It doesn't involve cutting nerves or muscles and patients are able to begin walking on the knee immediately.
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Ashley,welcome............
so sorry to hear you have had to deal with a lifetime if knee issues.............i haven heard of anyone with your issues,others may respond though............
i would perhaps suggest another opinion with a ortho dr who has more knowledge in your knee issues who could at the very least offer you some ideas on dealing /correcting itas well as
offer you the right exercises for you.....another idea would be a good physio surely could give you some ideas for living with this as well as exercises you can handle.............keep us posted.......wishing you all the best.........blessings and hugs............lita

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10/21/12 7:25 P

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Hi my names Ashley and I have knees that hyper extend. I have had this problem since I was a child. I went to an ortho dr. and he told me I should have been wearing knee braces as a child to straighten them out but that I was too old for them now and that it was just something I would have to deal with.....I hate how it restricts me and how much pain it causes if I try to push myself too hard. emoticon Anyone have this problem?

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I have definitely thought about doing some isometric exercises and even checking out the SP videos for any exercises that I could do while laying on my back so I could be resting my foot at the same time. Thanks for all your kind and helpful comments. emoticon emoticon

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well depending on things heal will decide whether or not you will be able to run in the future or not.............so take the time to rest your foot as much as you can...
what about doing passive exercises???or upper body exercises while you recover???
wishing you all the best with healing your foot..........

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maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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Thanks Lita! My doctor told me that my foot will be able to move from the ankle (bend my foot up and down), but I won't be able to rotate my foot to "write" the alphabet. What I've been hoping for is to be able to run again, but he said that he can't guarantee that I would be able to run. So I hope to at least be able to walk without pain. I'm not supposed to put any weight on my foot until he tells me that I could (I will find out at my next visit after my foot gets x-rayed to see how the joints are healing). I was told that I would probably be off the foot for six weeks after my surgery. So maybe three more weeks until I get to start building up use of my foot again.

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Paige,welcome...................
we are so glad your foot wanted to join us..........we can offer you our help and support as you recover from your surgery..........what kind of movement (passive/range of motion ) does your surgeon recommend for you post op?????post op any surgery requires patience especially when you are starting to feel well but all the healing hasn't yet taken place.......
wishing you an uneventful recovery...........blessings and hugs..........lita

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Hello, I would like to introduce my left foot emoticon
I'm Paige and I had a triple arthrodesis on my left foot earlier this month. I tried to find a team about recovering from foot surgery, but there isn't one. So I hope you all are okay if I hang out here while I am recovering. I am due back at work either at the beginning of November or towards the end of November depending on how soon my joints recover from my surgery. I am looking forward to being able to put my foot down and start using it again. At the moment I have that foot in a cast and I am supposed to keep it off the ground at all times. I spend most of my days lying around with my left foot up on top of a rolled up sleeping bag and two pillows. I could see my left calf shrinking from lack of use inside my cast. Anyway, I hope to get to know everyone else on the team soon.

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welcome fabuntie, wow, i know what you are saying, i can barely walk two blocks and stand for 15 minutes without the "knee pain" forcing me to sit down. but since exercise and dropping weight is so important (no knee surgery for me until have a BMI under 35). so i looked at what i could do. water exercise works, but you have to have a pool or join the YMCA, one exercise that works with min. pain is recumbent bike riding. we have a med size dog, and i discovered that i can ride a recumbent trike while my dog runs along beside. the trike we have has a weight cap of 400 lbs, and can also be equipped with an electric hub motor. it works better that an electric mobility chair. (much better range 20+ miles). and you can still get your exercise. my approach is working, lifestyle change, eating more fruit & veggies, exercise, visit to a PT to get exercises to strengthen my legs & knees, and of course joining this web site

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KAYAK,welcome...............
well what a roller coaster of a ride you have had with the dr's!!!
good for you in making this a priority and creating the changes needed to get back to a healthy life............there is no excuse for dr's behaving badly!! so sorry that has happened to you.......well done you turned the negatives into a positives..............awesome......keep on keeping on..........keep us posted as to how things are going...................blessings and hugs..........lita

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hello. i am a 66 year old, with knee pain (both knees) due to the pain i lost interest in exercising, which of course caused me to gain lots of weight. finally got my wake up call (an unscheduled trip to the hospital via the local fire dept EMS). so on September 5th, i started by changing my eating habits, and started exercising. I'm now 18 lbs lighter, and regularly ride my recumbent trike with my dog running along side. when i visited the orthopedic surgeon, he was very rude, and said there was nothing he could do for me until i had a BMI of 35 or less. this made me mad, and even more determined to get the weight off. i am working with my regular Dr. on alternatives, including PT and a second opinion regarding my knees. i just joined SP yesterday, and am learning what the site has to offer. If anyone want to know more about riding recubent trikes, please let me know.

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Denise,welcome..............
congratulations on quiting smoking...............your body says"thank you"
that us a huge plus in your favour forget the weight gain.........you can work on it now.........
if your knees are causing you so much grief.....than can you get yourself in a pool to workout in the deep water and maybe join a deep water class in your area...............there are many videos out there that you can do in a chair and a lot f upper body stuff too......... so check out the links below.........hope this is helpful...........keep us posted as to how you are going..........wishing you much success with your new goals...................
you can do this............believe you can and you will................
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Hi All - I'm glad to find this team - seems perfect for me. What can I tell you about my knees? I had several injuries when I was younger, and have been overweight a good portion of my adult years. As a result my knees are basically gone - definitely need bilateral total knee replacements. The first ortho surgeon I saw said I needed to lose weight and quit smoking in order to have the surgery, and I better do it quickly since my "waddle" (oh, yes he did!) would cause hip problems if I waited. So I quit smoking (yay, me! emoticon ), and promptly gained 45 pounds (boo, me emoticon ).

Now I'm stuck on an evil merry-go-round. Walking for me is like walking on glass - so of course I need comfort - so I eat - so it's like walking on even sharper glass. It's been hard for me to stop making excuses and start doing what I need to do for me, but now I am here on SP, and am joining this team, and I AM going to lose the weight, have my surgery (with a different surgeon), and be healthy and happy again.

Look forward to your support and being able to support all of you. Oh, and thanks for that "Kneehab" reference - I think I might order that video.

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Melayahm,welcome................
way to go with your progress with your weight loss!!
whatever dr you saw i feel was rather insensitive to your issues especially with puffiness and crunching going on etc
was the dr you saw an orthopedic dr???if it was i would ask for another opinion............if it was your family dr than i would ask to see an orthopedic surgeon for a proper assessment of your knee issues...i yes it is more important to lose weight but to further injure your knee will put you out of commission for a while.....you might just need a scope of the knee which is basically just a clean out of the knee........the best i can offer you is get into a pool pronto in the deep end with a belt and just do laps either jogging or cross country skiing or join in a deep water class...........there you have absolutely no pressure on your knees at all and you can really manage the exercise without pressure...........if it hurts on the bike have you tried a recumbant bike as it would be better for you.....i was told to try the elliptical and i have tried so many different ones and my knee just don't like that machine........so if it hurts the machine is not for you........you will be surprised at what you can do in the water versus on land.............somedays i wish i could just live there as that is the best place for my knees.......hope this was helpful......perhaps others may have other suggestions........keep us posted as to how things are going.........
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Hi

Just joined this group because the biggest hindrance I have to fitness is my knees. I'm not sure if I have jumper's knee or runner's knee, (either way, I don't really do either), but they hurt like a stabbing pain when I go up stairs, and feel weak when I walk down stairs. They've also recently started making crunchy sounds, since I've been exercising more. I've heard that cycling is a 'good exercise for knees'. but I find that that usually hurts them too, even a stationary bike. I don't really see how it can't, as it involves pushing downwards like walking up stairs. So I tend to favour my knees when doing workouts, don't go down too far in lunges etc. I've found the list of articles on this site, and I've listed the knee strengthening exercises from one, so I'm trying to do those when I can. I am losing weight with SP's help, so hopefully that will also take the pressure off them. I went to my doctor and she just said they wer a bit puffy, and the crunchiness was rough cartilage, exercise was more important than the crunchiness, so that was that. Any tips gratefully received!

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Ruth let us know how you find it!!!

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This was a really good endorsement. Thanks. I think I will order it as soon as I have a few extra dollars and tell you what I think then. I'm pretty sure that the first article I saw was on the main daily blog, but it has been several months ago, and having a second endorsement is a great help. Thanks.

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here is a link to a blog here on SP maybe this is it???

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i hadn't heard of it until you mentioned it..............will try to search it out more.............

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Yes, that is the one. They had her as a guest blogger one day or else reviewed the tape on the daily blog, So this isn't quite the article I saw, but it is about the same tape. I was wondering if anyone had actually tried the tape out and what they thought about it.

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Ruth..don't think it is from Sparkpeople???!!!
but this is what i found hope this is what you are looking for......


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Thank you for your suggestion to seek medical help. I have discussed my knees with the doctor on several occasions, including one within the past year. He says that there are no really severe or structural problems that need treating. He prescribed Ibuprofen. Sometimes I do a little icing as needed too. Last night there was a storm coming in, which always effects my knees. So I just have my own not-so-handy barometer and have to watch overdoing the activity. Last year I was doing some exercises, which I found helped, and I need to get back to being more faithful about that. I read about a video on SparkPeople that was called Knee-Hab. Has anyone tried it?

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Ruth,welcome............
so glad you have joined us............losing weight will most certainly help with many knees issues but there are some that need better monitoring by a dr/physio etc.....
you haven't mentioned seeing your dr about your knee problems...i am sure you do see someone if not this would be a good time to be assesed to insure you don't have more damage that might need some attention..............wishing you all the best with you weight loss..........keep us posted with your progress.......blessings and hugs...............lita

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Hurray! Hurray! I think I just found some motivation to get back on the weight loss train. I have had knee trouble ever since I was a kid and had rheumatic fever. Since then they swell when it rains and just plain hurt on a pretty regular basis. I had been running, but gave it up because my knees hurt. I never felt like it was super severe--not in the class of knee replacement or anything like that, but it has been chronic over many, many years. This is a good reminder that losing weight will help those knees and hopefully help me avoid the knee replacements my mother has had.

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welcome MUMMMZ..................
so great you have found us here at Sparkpeople...................
wow ..............what a revelation!!!!
we are here for you so feel free to ask any questions you might have there are many here at different stages of TKR and well as other knee issues............
all the best as we journey here together...........
you can do this...............believe you can............and you will.........
blessings and hugs..............lita


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Well, let's see what I can tell you about my knees. The right one is fine...so far. The left is another story. I went to physical therapy in May for sciatic back pain radiating down my left leg. The therapist said he thought the knee pain was a separate problem. Anyway, finished PT and the back is doing better but the knee is still hurting so I called the doctor and said please do whatever tests need to be done to find out what's wrong with my knee. An MRI showed a torn meniscus, arthritis, and worn cartilage so, with the report in hand, I went to the orthopedic surgeon thinking I need arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear. Before I even saw the doctor they took xrays. They hung the films in the room and I looked at them as I waited for the doctor. Those bones touching each other sure didn't look good and sure enough, when the doctor came in he said there's no question I need a total knee replacement. That was a shocker. I guess the pain and crunching when I walk should have been a clue. I asked a bunch of questions-one was funny to him. I asked if he would repair the meniscus when he does the knee replacement. No need since I won't have a meniscus anymore. Obviously, I have a lot to learn. So here I am trying to find out more about the surgery and rehab before my surgery in October. I'm glad I found the team, you seem to have lots of information here.

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SAMSDAUGHTER and Elaine welcome.............
so nice to meet all of you..........what do your dr's physio's recommend for your both in terms ofexercise???? that would be the best place to start.......always start any programme slowly and build from there................the pool is the best place for your knees if you have one nearby???!!!using the recumbant bike is best for anyone with knee issues your knees may not like other bikes so i have found out same goes with the elliptical machine at least for me.......so start with your dr's etc recommendations and take it slow and easy and build from there.........walking is another good exercise..........i pole walk as that works best for me...through trial and error you will be able to find what works for you both.......hope this gives you some ideas......
we are here to help give each support where needed,have a little fun along the way and maybe develop some lasting friendships...........
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Hi, I'm Elaine and 78 years young....my knees are just tired. I've lived too sedentary a life and they're not used to working hard. Exercise is so difficult for me because I've just become so lazy that the knees don't want to lift or walk lots. My biggest exercise is going to the supermarket. I'm really interested in getting to know everyone and maybe learning how to cope with my slow "marching", etc. emoticon

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I am in the 6th week of recovering from dislocating my knee. This is a chronic injury for me. I've done this at least 4 - 5 times in my life. Sadly this incident occurred when I had gotten more regular and consistent with exercise. (No, I did not get hurt exercising. Slipped on a newly washing bathroom floor). Now I have begun rehab, but it's a slow process. Looking for suggestions on safe exercises. Right now I'm using a stationary bike.

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welcome Kelsey ..................
the improvements in surgical procedures has come a long way especially in the pain and recovery phases..........the pool is your best friend and walking or recumbant biking but the biking may be still to early to start...what does your dr.physio recomend for you??\there are some video's on SP that might work.....check out the link below.......

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My name is Kelsey and I am 1 month out of my second knee surgery. Both were ACL replacements and meniscus repair, but fortunately the two surgeries were on separate knees and 6 years apart. This time around I find myself being much more active, but still restless as my options for exercise are still pretty limited. I'm looking for tips for knee friendly work outs and future strength building so I don't go in for a third time.

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welcome Corrie.............
knee issues can certainly be a challenge when needing to lose weight!!!??!!
i too have these issues and the pool is the best place for my knees.......if your dr allows it.????!!!most dr's have no problem with the pool but bets to check with your dr before starting anything new.........
if you have a pool nearby get your knee to it asap!!!
your knee will thank you for it..........so i have found as it gives me the mobility to carry on my daily activities etc........
wishing you all the best with your new goals......
blessings and hugs..........lita

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maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
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The story of my knees: I've had knee issues for most of my life, apparently due to the fact that I am "extremely" knock kneed, according to my very honest surgeon. As a result of two surgeries, being overweight and I guess advancing age (am now in my 50s), I am staring at a TNR in my not to distant future. My very honest surgeon said that in order to extend that time frame as much as possible, I need to lose at least 40 pounds, and to begin to incorporate consistent, non weight bearing exercise into my life, hence the reason for joining SparkPeople.

I am happy to find a group of other people with knee issues, and am looking forward to getting to know everyone.

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welcome back,Kerry and Elizabeth.....................
we are here offering our help and support..................
wishing you both all the best with your new goals........
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Hi. My name is Elizabeth. This account is new, but I've been on SparkPeople before. Two and a half years ago my right knee kind of crapped out on me. Last year I opted to have knee surgery. My doctor performed a chondroplasty and a lateral release. Unfortunately it didn't work.

I'm back on SparkPeople to lose the weight I've gained since the surgery. I know it will help with the knee pain and hopefully my knee will get better. I'm happy to be here with people who can understand my pain :)

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I don't recall introducing my knees.....so here goes. My knees were fine until I took a tumble down a flight of 13 steps and tore everything in my Rt knee except my PCL. One of the docs suggested a knee replacement. I don't want one. I walk ok and don't have too much pain unless I try to walk distances or walk for a long time. Excercising is also rough as it puts pressure on the knees. My left knee is tired for picking up the slack of my right. I have to use my left knee to climb stairs then pull up my right leg. Most times I don't even notice unless I have been sitting and go to stand up. Then it hurts for a bit. I am not doing any damage by walking etc....in fact it is stregnthens my knee. Its just hard to make myself do something that hurts. I am lucky as it could be so much worse.

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welcome back..............
all the best with your goals.......
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