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Does walking on treadmill hurt arthritic knees is stationary bike better?

Does walking on treadmill hurt arthritic knees is stationary bike better?

A stationary bike is: Best as you can ease the insult to your joints. But 4 osteoporosis then plain walking on level ground is best, as well as gentle arm weight exercises. This puts some stress on your non weight bearing bone and aids in treating bothoosteoporosis as well as sarcopenia or muscle loss. Bones need to be stressed to remain healthy. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can I burn calories riding stationary bike and is it a good idea with bad knee? I have TKR coming up in February. Also, should I get second opinion? Ty

Can I burn calories riding stationary bike and is it a good idea with bad knee? I have TKR coming up in February. Also, should I get second opinion? Ty

Yes you can: Biking is usually a good exercise option for those with knee osteoarthritis. It is non-impact and tolerated by most. Honestly, with an upcoming knee replacement, it's unlikely your arthritis will worsen between now and then. The biking can keep your muscles toned and may help you in your rehabilitation after surgery. A second opinion is always a wise idea before undergoing a major surgery. ...Read more

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What causes a person not to be to pedal a stationary bike forwards but only backwards? My knee locks and doesn't straighten. Hurt to go forward. Help

What causes a person not to be to pedal a stationary bike forwards but only backwards? My knee locks and doesn't straighten. Hurt to go forward. Help

Internal derangement: This may be internal derangement of the knee. Most likely it can be a cartilage problem inside of the knee. You need to discuss with your physician about getting an evaluation. This can be a torn cartilage, torn tendon, injured ligament, etc ...Read more

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Is riding a stationary bike with knee tendonitis in both knees good for rehab?

Is riding a stationary bike with knee tendonitis in both knees good for rehab?

Ok: It should be fine as long as you start with low or even no resistance on the bike and exercise with comfort. If your knees are screaming at you during the exercise or if you have prolonged (greater than an hour) soreness after exercise, you are doing too much. Do not increase the resistance or the duration by more than 10% every couple of weeks and you should be fine. If not talk with pt or doc. ...Read more

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Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Start recumbent: Using an upright bike will put more pressure on your knee while it is healing and is not recommended, while a recumbent bike has less pressure and helps to keep range of motion of joint and maintain muscle tone. So, start with recumbent bike after surgery. When the knee is feeling better and stronger, then you can shift to an upright bike. ...Read more

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My knee hurts to pedal a stationary bike. I can't go forward I can only go backwards. I do have a medial meniscus tear? Help

My knee hurts to pedal a stationary bike. I can't go forward I can only go backwards. I do have a medial meniscus tear? Help

See ortho doc: You answered your own question with the diagnosed menus all tear. This can be helped with arthroscopic surgery. Your bicycle is loading the joint, creating pressure on the tear and causing pain. Topical prescription and oral NSAIDS will reduce the inflammation. Using a reclining bike that shifts your weight will allow you to pedal a lot further with outs generating this pain. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is treadmill bad for someone with bilateral knee pains?

Hoping you can tell me, is treadmill bad for someone with bilateral knee pains?

Most likely, Yes: Exercise has many benefits but it can cause more pain in knees. Cycling and swimming would be better options for you. ...Read more

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I recently fell and have a knee contusion--can I still exercise on the treadmill?

I recently fell and have a knee contusion--can I still exercise on the treadmill?

Knee contusion: It depends. If you have painless full range of motion, it should be ok. If the damage is more severe, it should be checked first. ...Read more

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What can I do if my knees hurt so bad after running on the treadmill. How else can I workout?

What can I do if my knees hurt so bad after running on the treadmill. How else can I workout?

Other machines: Some people find the elliptical machine or stationary bike to be easier on the knees. Swimming is another great exercise that is easy on the knees. ...Read more

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Is running on the treadmill going to hurt my knees?

Knee pain: Generally speaking, the treadmill should be helpful for your knees, unless you have some underlying problem with them such as meniscal tears, ligament tears, or instability. ...Read more

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Will I get knee problems if I jog daily on the treadmill fir 25 minutes?

Will I get knee problems if I jog daily on the treadmill fir 25 minutes?

Repetive injury: Some people do, of course some don't but you are more likely if you are doing the same repetitive activity daily without a rest period. Also changing the workout routine is important. Running is a high stress and overweight people and those with either knock knees or bowlegs also may develop knee pain. ...Read more

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I sometimes feel weakness in knees after jogging on the treadmill. Is that something to be concerned about?

I sometimes feel weakness in knees after jogging on the treadmill. Is that something to be concerned about?

Probably not: Without pain, it is unlikely that your sensation of weakness is a signal of anything permanant of harmful, especially if it only happens after jogging. ...Read more

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After 4 month of cardio and using treadmill I feel a small pain in my knee? Shall I stop treadmill?

Knee pain: I would consider stopping for a few days and then and seeing if an alternate method like cycling or elliptical which has less knee impact causes less pain.

Follow up with a doctor /urgent care on your knee as small problems can grow.

Consider icing the knee 10 minutes 3 times a day elevating when at rest, and using support like kinesiotape. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce knee pain caused by treadmill workouts?

What can I do to reduce knee pain caused by treadmill workouts?

Treadmill: Good arch supported shoes, ice, rest, less incline and speed on the treadmill, using a good quality treadmill, adequate warmup, cool-down, and stretching. ...Read more

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Good day I noticed a bit of knee pain in my right know, whilst on a treadmill yesterday? Should I avoid a treadmill?

Good day I noticed a bit of knee pain in my right know, whilst on a treadmill yesterday? Should I avoid a treadmill?

Knee pain/ treadmil: Did the knee pain persist or resolve? Treadmill/running does have increased force on the knee, but would evaluate if pain recurs persists, related to flat feet or abnormal knee tracking. You may benefit from taping with kinesiotape or a brace during activity. You may want to do a lower impact like elliptical, stationary bike for a week and resume and half activity, Discuss with a doc/orthopedist ...Read more

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Is running on an elliptical machine better than treadmill for your knees?

Is running on an elliptical machine better than treadmill for your knees?

Yes: It is less pounding or impacts on your knees. However, some people don't like the feel of the position their legs are in during the revolutions of some elliptical machines so you may need to try different types to find the one you like. ...Read more

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Is it okay to still use a treadmill or elliptical machine if my knee and leg hurts from doing it?

Is it okay to still use a treadmill or elliptical machine if my knee and leg hurts from doing it?

Let me help you: When you pain with any exercise this something wrong, try to change the routine you have to a different exercise so it will not heart. ...Read more

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Knee microfracture in May, TAH/BSO in July. PT for 8 weeks. Weight creeping up. Did treadmill for 30 min, knee is painful, not miserableKeep going?

Knee microfracture in May, TAH/BSO in July. PT for 8 weeks. Weight creeping up. Did treadmill for 30 min, knee is painful, not miserableKeep going?

How painful: Since you are 6 months postop you should be able to do the treadmill without much pain.
You really shouldn't be having pain.
Maybe it's just discomfort?
How about doing more on the bike and less treadmill as your knee improves? ...Read more

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Is treadmill is harmful for knees and joints?

Is treadmill is harmful for knees and joints?

It can be: Running on a treadmill changes the way that you normally run. They do not mimic the regular gait (or running/walking) cycle because the matt pulls your feet through the cycle, instead of your feet pushing on the ground to propel you forward. Because your joints are going through movements that they are not used to, it may cause damage to your joints over prolonged periods of time in some people. ...Read more

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I am 30yrs old female, wt 84, ht 5.7, I have swelling & some degenerative changes on both knees, can I use treadmill for walking to wt reduction?

I am 30yrs old female, wt 84, ht 5.7, I have swelling & some degenerative changes on both knees, can I use treadmill for walking to wt reduction?

Yes, but: While walking is a great exercise, if the degenerative changes in the lower extremities are severe, a less impactful activity might be less painful. Swimming or cycling might be less stressful to the knees. ...Read more

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The outside of my knee hurts when running on treadmill?

The outside of my knee hurts when running on treadmill?

Knee pain: Knee pain can be a problem for runners, on a treadmill or outside. Pain on the outside of the knee can be due to trauma to the lateral collateral ligament or the lateral meniscus, commonly. Both of these can be strained or have small tears in them. Physical therapy can benefit and you should have your physician evaluate you further to be sure you aren't furthering damaging by continuing to run. ...Read more

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Are elliptical trainers really less likely to cause knee injuries than treadmills?

Are elliptical trainers really less likely to cause knee injuries than treadmills?

Hard to say.: Neither is associated with a higher risk of knee injuries. You should use equipment that you feel most comfortable with. ...Read more

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My knee crunches and hurts when im walking on the treadmill or doing leg excercises. My leg feels like its going to give out while on the treadmil.

My knee crunches and hurts when im walking on the treadmill or doing leg excercises. My leg feels like its going to give out while on the treadmil.

Knee Crepitus: We call crunching in the knee crepitus. It usually comes from problems under the kneecap. If the pain is located right in the center of the knee then the patella is the usual culprit. If the pain worsens going from sitting to standing or with stairs then I feel comfortable that the problem lies behind the patella. Strength training for your knee is the answer with weight training. ...Read more

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Bilateral knee pain/soreness. Recently started jogging with intervals on treadmill. Do I keep jogging and work it out or stop?

Bilateral knee pain/soreness. Recently started jogging with intervals on treadmill. Do I keep jogging and work it out or stop?

Change up routine: The treadmill and interval routine may be too much impact on your knees. Incorporate a good warm up routine with hamstring stretching. Also consider trying ellipticals or stationary bicycle which can have less impact. Minimize resistance until you have had a chance to have a formal evaluation with a Sports MD. In addition a formal course of PT with core strengthening is likely in order. Let me know ...Read more

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Marathon training. 10 miles saturday - no pain. On monday, pain on both sides of my left knee on stairs and treadmill. Didn't run yesterday. Causes?

Marathon training. 10 miles saturday - no pain. On monday, pain on both sides of my left knee on stairs and treadmill. Didn't run yesterday. Causes?

Strain???: Hard to say if this is an injury that was waiting to show up, and the 10 mile run finally put you over the edge. Hard to say- your shoes, running form, hills vs flat, etc. Rest and get back to slow running with less distance. If it continues, see an orthopedic Dr. ...Read more