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Doctor insights on: Best Cardio Machine For Bad Knees

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I heard running was bad for your knees should I do elliptical machine instead?

I heard running was bad for your knees should I do elliptical machine instead?

Depends: A good running stride is key. That being said the elliptical is lessthan impact for sure. I think it is hard to get into any good shape on machines..Run a 6 min mile on the road and tell me your heart rate is the same as the treadmill...As an example. ...Read more

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Does leg extension exercise bad for knees ? and what machines to avoid in gym as not to increase knee pain ?

Does leg extension exercise bad for knees ? and what machines to avoid in gym as not to increase knee pain ?

It depends on what U: R having pain from. There's multiple causes of knee pain, & 2 answer the question, please say what the pathology is. If U don't know C a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedist. ...Read more

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A friend told me that using an elliptical machine messes up your knees. Is this true?

A friend told me that using an elliptical machine messes up your knees. Is this true?

Low Impact Exercise: Nope. There is no truth in that myth. Elliptical is very gentle on the knee since it is a low impact exercise. ...Read more

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If my knees pop, should I keep using machine to develop my quads?

If my knees pop, should I keep using machine to develop my quads?

Popping not problem: Popping is usually just a vacuum phenomenon. If it doesn't hurt and the knee is not unstable, probably not a problem. ...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 dont 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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What knee strengthening exercises do you recommend besides machine ones?

What knee strengthening exercises do you recommend besides machine ones?

There are many: There are many others. Lunges, ankle weight quad strengthening, squats, cutting exercises for better side to side agility to mention a few. If you have a knee injury, talk with a doctor familiar with rehabilitation to determine what is safe for you. ...Read more

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What is the name of the machine that bends your knee for physical therapy?

What is the name of the machine that bends your knee for physical therapy?

CPM: A continuous passive motion machine is used to assist in knee flexion after surgery. Only certain surgeries require the use of the machine. ...Read more

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Had a knee X-ray and the machine seemed to be continuously noisy. Worried that the tech took continuous pictures by accident. Is that possible ?

Had a knee X-ray and the machine seemed to be continuously noisy. Worried that the tech took continuous pictures by accident. Is that possible ?

Only one image: On a conventional x ray machine, to make an x ray beam electrons hit an "anode" in one spot. This heats it. To reduce the point of heat, the anode spins before, during and just after the exposure. This is likely what you heard.
To take many conventional images one after another you need a different machine, usually a fluoroscope. ...Read more

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Had knee surgery 5 days ago, using c.P.M. Machine 9 hrs a day.Being bed ridden i feel sluggish, are there any excercises i can do while sitting in bed?

Had knee surgery 5 days ago, using c.P.M. Machine 9 hrs a day.Being bed ridden i feel sluggish, are there any excercises i can do while sitting in bed?

Check with MD: But I am a fan of isometric exercises and therapeutic resistance bands which can be used in bed. If these exercises are limited to the upper extremities, i feel that this is acceptable but first check with your surgeon. ...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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Which type of exercise machine can you use if you have cartilage and ligament knee problem?

Which type of exercise machine can you use if you have cartilage and ligament knee problem?

Limited: Do not use the quad extension machine. The only machine to use would be the supine leg press machine. You can do exercises without machines that would be safer. ...Read more

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While using the elliptical machine every day, i'm experiencing knee pain and discomfort. Are elliptical machines hard on knees? What could cause this?

While using the elliptical machine every day, i'm experiencing knee pain and discomfort. Are elliptical machines hard on knees? What could cause this?

Many causes: The elliptical trainer is "low-impact" and thus a good choice for many with knee problems. However, some still hurt with the elliptical for various reasons. Simply based on your age and gender, patellofemoral pain syndrome would be the most common source of your symptoms. Strengthening your quad muscles and your hip abductors could be very helpful for you. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my knee and what should I do I am 51 but have never had aches and pains. Recently my knees have been bothering me - my left more than right. Weird thing it does not hurt when I am running, lifting, using rowing machine or doing yoga.

You : You could be dealing with arthritis, bursitis, or even a tear in a ligament or tendon. You need to start with a visit with your primary csre provider. An examination will be done and likely an x-ray will be ordered. From there it will be decided if you need a MRI and/or referral to an orthopedist.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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during spine xray I was instructed to make spine flush to machine even though I had developed bent knee stance and forw lean did this give false read

during spine xray I was instructed to  make spine flush to machine even though I had developed bent knee stance and forw lean did this give false read

It depends on what-: -radiologist was looking for. In order to flatten out the LS spine you must be in a hip/knee flexion position. But leaning forward sounds like you were standing, & the standing films are usually for alignment as for scoliosis. Otherwise I have no idea what was being looked at. ...Read more

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How soon after a total knee replacement should someone use an exercise machine?

How soon after a total knee replacement should someone use an exercise machine?

1st week is okay: As most therapists don't need any machines to perform proper therapy. Manual therapy can achieve excellent results without machines. However, machines can be used as an adjunct to good manual stretching and strengthening programs. Stationary bikes can start early in the first week as the swelling reduces. Weights should be avoided until full extension is gained from your stretching program. ...Read more

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I had a partial knee replacement 15 months ago. Am i able to return to the gym and work out on the weight machines? Leg presses etc....

I had a partial knee replacement 15 months ago. Am i able to return to the gym and work out on the weight machines? Leg presses etc....

Discuss: You need to discuss with your surgeon or the physical therapist who helped with your recovery; in general, you likely need to ease yourself into a program starting with low weights and being very careful about form;. ...Read more

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How soon after a total knee replacement could someone use a continuous passive motion (cpm) exercise machine?

How soon after a total knee replacement could someone use a continuous passive motion (cpm) exercise machine?

1 hours: Ideally you should be placed on it in the recovery room whole still sedated. Once you are able to move the knee on your own, the benefit of continuous passive motion is less apparent. ...Read more

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I've proximal tibia fracture and its been 4 months now I'm trying to bend my knee wid cpm machine I've reached 80° but More than tat it pains a lot y?

I've proximal tibia fracture and its been 4 months now I'm trying to bend my knee wid cpm machine I've reached 80° but More than tat it pains a lot y?

Stiffness from cast: I assume you leg was immobilized during the healing of your tibia fracture. Any joint that is immobilized for any significant length of time (more than 7-10 days) would get stiff. Physical therapy working on motion after the cast or splint/brace is removed should allow knee to regain essentially full functional motion with time (6-12 weeks). ...Read more

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My orthopedic didn't prescribe anything to me after knee micro fracture. No cpm machine ice machine or physical therapy. Is that a good thing?

My orthopedic didn't prescribe anything to me after knee micro fracture. No cpm machine ice machine or physical therapy. Is that a good thing?

No follow up?: Did your doctor schedule you for a follow up appointment? Call his/her office and inquire about your question. If not satisfied, seek another opinion. Good luck and a speedy recovery! ...Read more

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What are the best exercises for a bad back and knees?

What are the best exercises for a bad back and knees?

Non or low impact.: "bad back and knees" is pretty nonspecific, but you should focus on achieving & maintaining appropriate weight for your height and general fitness. Your knees absorb 40% of your weight on impact, so favor them with low or no impact exercises like swimming, cycling, walking, and low impact aerobics. For your back, work the "core" muscles in your back and abs. A "bridge" is a classic sore exercise. ...Read more

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What is the best way to excersize if you have bad knees?

What is the best way to excersize if you have bad knees?

Check with your doc: Usually swimming and biking. Anything that is not weight bearing. Gym also. Check with physical therapist also. ...Read more