|Jun 12, 2008 9:17pm||
I had arthroscopic knee surgery three years ago. I have long stints of not working out :( I know, shame on.
But lately I’ve been back on the work out kick and my knee’s been swelling and generally uncomfortable. Was curious if anyone out there has a successful work out routine that makes the knee muscles stronger – without overusing the joint?
|Jun 12, 2008 10:21pm||
I’m not a professional or doctor, but here’s what I do. I have rheumatoid arthritis.
I do leg extensions but don’t over extend my legs. They have a good bend at the knee. The first set I slowly warm up and loosen my knees by using the lightest weight I can, with slow, smooth movements.
With subsequent sets I add small increases in weight. I rest 1 to 2 minutes between sets.
If I get too enthusiastic weight-wise, my knees only hurt for a few hours, mostly when standing. If I stop when I’m comfortable and they only hurt for an hour when standing, I feel like I’m still strengthening my knee muscles. The day after my knees feel good.
It’s strange, but my knees don’t hurt while I do the leg extensions. Maybe just a tiny bit, but not enough to stop.
|Jun 13, 2008 12:29am||
The key is not overdoing it. I would be nervous about the swelling as that shouldn’t relate to the knee muscles. Does the swelling go down without applying ice?
|Jun 13, 2008 11:50am||
Thanks Gimpy…I’ll try that. My knees really only hurt after the fact too. I lost a lot of muscle after the surgery and I interpret the post-pain as the small muscles in there still being built.
Martin, I went on a 20 mile bike ride, and then spend a whole day traveling on a cramped plane. Right after that my knee swelled. I was told I had “water on the knee.” It wasn’t terribly painful, just swollen and a restricted bending radius. The swelling actually seemed to go down with moderate activity. I’d just go to WalMart (for the AC, I’m in Arizona) and walk around to loosen it up. It took about 3 weeks for the swelling to subside but it’s gone now…