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A 44-year-old member asked:

is it bad for your knees to climb stairs?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Maybe: Stair climbing place significant impact on the knee cap. So, if you have knee pain related to either inflammation or arthritis of the knee cap (front of knee), then stairs may not be he best things to do. Along that line, things like kneeling or squatting are not great for knees as well.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are some sports I should avoid if I have bad knees?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: "bad knees" is a nonspecific description, but if you have knee pain with athletic activities you should avoid repetitive squatting or knee flexion, high impact aerobics and running, as well as sports that require cutting. Walking, swimming, and cycling are good activities. It is possible that this is a treatable condition. This could be determined by a trained professional and x-rays.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Should I use the stairs or elevator to stay fit if I have bad knees from being deconditioned?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Good intentions.: It's great that you want to stay fit and take care of your knees. I worry, though, that with the stairs you will be placing unnecessary strain on your knees - which could cause injury and totally undermine any efforts to stay fit. Skip the stairs, and stick to low impact exercise - swimming, elliptical, recline bike. When your knees start to get stronger, then you can do the stairs.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why do golfers get bad knees?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Twisting and loading: Golfing requires a fair amount of twisting movements. If you walk a hilly course, this can make your knees sore. However, the literature on injury patterns does not identify golf as a sport that has a higher than normal proportion of knee injuries although it can happen, especially in golfers with slightly abnormal knees to start.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it bad for my knees to play soccer on a hard surface like concrete?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Soccer: Use caution unless advised not to by your physician, or if playing goalie.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is sitting cross legged bad for your knees?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
No: There is no issue unless you have knee pain normally.

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