Any Bee's with a knee injury?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Swimming – it’s going to be the best cardio for you when you’ve got achy knees!

Good luck!  Knee pain is the worst!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Stephville:  I tore my ACL in 2008 and its been messed up ever since. I had a second surgery to correct some related damage last August (remove bone fragments and clean up the menisci) but last month is started feelinglike crap again. It’s rather depressing. The graft is stretched so my knee is not aligned properly, but trying to fix it may do more harm than good. I’ve been told that I will need a knee replacement eventually.

 

What troubles are you having with your legs days? Getting your leg workouts in (both strengthening and stretching) will help you in your cardio and everyday life, as the muscles will help properly support and align your knee. Can you tell me a little bit more about your workouts?

 

As for cardio, elliptical, bike, row machine, and swimming are some options (mix them up!). Also, ensure that you are wearing good quality shoes when you do run/walk, and don’t wear them for everyday wear, weight training, or anything else. You want them to be able to support your properly during your high impact workouts.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

i do, had surgery on my left knee, they wanted to do the right but since the left didnt help i decided against it. all i can do is the elliptical and i found one i really love at planet fitness which is called the Arc trainer, there is no pressure on my knees at all. i still feel discomfort in the elliptical so this machine is a god send. maybe that can help out because i cant even ride a bike cant walk for long periods or run.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@CarpefnDiem:  The Arc Trainer is a great workout! I recently discovered it and I find it more strenuous that the elliptical that I was using but better on my knees… I guess it is just the change in movement challenging me in a different way.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Stephville:  My suggestion would be to get away from the machines, especially if you have been doing those particular exercises for a while. Machines tend to target the prime mover, whereas free weights will also work the muscles that assist the prime movers as well as those that help you keep your balance. Secondly, I would do it more than once a week. How many days a week are you doing cardio, and for how long? Are you overweight? How long did you let your leg rest before you returned to working out? Sorry for so many questions, and I hope you don’t think I am being rude. 

In the meantime, I would recommend seeing a doctor ASAP (I’m not sure how long that usually takes in Canada; I think I have read that you guys have waiting lists) and make sure you are elevating and icing when/if it swells.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Stephville: I used to run, but I was forced to go for an MRI on my right knee because the sports specialist couldn’t diagnose my pain. I’ve been doing Pilates. It’s not as high intensity as I would like, but I’m building muscle, and strengthening the muscles around my knee. Some positions I need to modify to stay off my knee, but I’m enjoying it!

Good luck with your recovery!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The elliptical or swimming would be ok, but you really shouldn’t do anything if you’re having sharp pain!  I had a pretty major knee injury right before my first marathon, and I thought I’d have to drop out!  I went to a physical trainer, and it got so much better after that.  Physical trainers can do anything!  The principle behind what they do is to strengthen the muscles around the injury and look for inconsistencies in muscle tone that might be causing the injury.  I’m sure your doctor can refer you to someone, or at least, have you see an orthopedic surgeon.  The one I saw had physical trainers right on staff!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have a knee injury and the best equipment for me is the rowing machine and the bike. This week at the gym I’m trying the treadmill…it’ll be an experience, I want to see if my knee holds up. 

OP, I really hope your knee heals well. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Stephville:  cheers, I won’t be beaten by a treadmill. It’s a stationary bike. 

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