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Doctor insights on: Knee Strength Resistance Band Exercises For Seniors

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Would it be safe for seniors to have a knee replacement?

Would it be safe for seniors to have a knee replacement?

Unclear question: There is documented improvement in the quality of life after a knee replacement at almost any age. Risks increase with age and medical conditions. The knee replacement is one of the most common surgeries performed today. I would recommend someone with experience and talk to some of their patients. ...Read more

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When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


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Why would pt use 2lb ankle weight for strengthening leg of a senior recovering from fracture? Hurts knee?

Why would pt use 2lb ankle weight for strengthening leg of a senior recovering from fracture? Hurts knee?

Ankle weights: My answer is that I wouldn't do any exercise that hurts. Pain is a sign that your body doesn't like this. I would reduce the weight (to 1 pound, or even 1/2 a pound) till I found a level of weight which allowed me to do the exercise without pain. Do that for a while, then slowly increase the weight. ...Read more

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I am 17 and a senior I want to play softball but it hurts my knee I have to take 800mg ibuprofen before I play have been to doc and therapy worthrisk?

I am 17 and a senior I want to play softball but it hurts my knee I have to take 800mg ibuprofen before I play have been to doc and therapy worthrisk?

I don't think so: For you to have to take that much ibuprofen day in and day out, in my opinion is not worth the risk of developing bleeding ulcers. I feel the therapy is certainly worth the hassle....but not if he you have to take medication for it... ...Read more

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How many times a week should I do exercises for my knee pain, and should I do strengthing only?

How many times a week should I do exercises for my knee pain, and should I do strengthing only?

Varies: Remember, there is no set recommendation about exercise for your knee pain. General recommendations for your overall health sit in the range of 3 hours/week of "cardio" - for you I would encourage limited weight bearing forms like an elliptical/swimming. Consider strength training 2-3 days/week. Don't for get flexibility, it's important in the long run for soft tissue health. ...Read more

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Had both knees replaced, then a revision on one. Three surgeries 12 months. I have no strength or stability in my knees. What exercises are best?

Had both knees replaced, then a revision on one. Three surgeries 12 months. I have no strength or stability in my knees. What exercises are best?

Quad and hamstring: Best way to stabilize the knee is with quadriceps and hamstring strengthening. A good exercise for strengthening the quadriceps are leg extensions. A good exercise for strengthening the hamstrings are leg curls. Also, strengthening the hip abductor muscles will help. ...Read more

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I lost strength in my quad due to knee injury. What exercises can I do?

I lost strength in my quad due to knee injury. What exercises can I do?

See orthopedic: And see what the underlying problem is and get it corrected then they can direct you as to which strengthening exercises are indicated. ...Read more

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Can synovitis of knee be treated? If so how? And how long should I make the strengthing exercises of the leg

Can synovitis of knee be treated? If so how? And how long should I make the strengthing exercises of the leg

Yes: Synovits is inflammation of the lining of the knee. It is almost always treated nonoperatively. Physical therapy, antiinflammatorries, and sometimes a cortisone shop will help. ...Read more

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Physio suggests knee pain is biomechanical as little swelling and have altered gait from ankle injuries trying taping and strength exercises?

Physio suggests knee pain is biomechanical as little swelling and have altered gait from ankle injuries trying taping and strength exercises?

Agree: If there is no history of trauma and no instability, catching, or locking then this may be mechanical. Therapist don't not diagnose but provide evaluation. A knee specialist can provide you with a formal diagnosis. ...Read more

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Have torn ligaments in knee. Can femur actually slip off the top of the tibia? Could something fracture? Using exercise bike & walking for strength.

Have torn ligaments in knee. Can femur actually slip off the top of the tibia? Could something fracture? Using exercise bike & walking for strength.

Torn ligaments: It would be unusual for your femur to slide off your tibia unless you tore all the ligaments around your knee like in a knee dislocation. If you just tore your acl then your knee can be unstable with subluxation of the bones. Sometimes the acl can avulse from the tibia with bone. Exercise and knee strengthening is good for a acl tear and consideration of surgery can be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I use knee bands or straps in case of mild arthritis due to high uric acid. I have pain behind my left knee when working. Can I exercise?

Can I use knee bands or straps in case of mild arthritis due to high uric acid. I have pain behind my left knee when working. Can I exercise?

Needs eval: Uric acid level may or may not be related to the arthritis. Rheumatologic evaluation needed. Pain behind knee may be fluid accumulation. Straps will not help and exercise could make it worse if the underlying arthritis is not treated. ...Read more

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Had a knee revision after infection from TKR surgery. Have been diagnosed as irritated IT band. Have been doing stretching, exercise, and massage to control pain. After several months still have some residual pain that wakes me at night. Any suggestio

Had a knee revision after infection from TKR surgery. Have been diagnosed as irritated IT band. Have been doing stretching, exercise, and massage to control pain. After several months still have some residual pain that wakes me at night. Any suggestio

Reevaluation: The Most likely possibilities are that you have ITB syndrome that has failed conservative care, or that the pain is coming from something else, such as a pinched nerve in the back. If you have not had one, an MRI of the lumbar spine as well as the hip itself would likely confirm the diagnosis. Don't hesitate to seek a second opinion to get a fresh set of eyes to look at you as well. ...Read more

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Leg pains and muscle spasms in hip. Am I overdoing senior exercise class?

Leg pains and muscle spasms in hip. Am I overdoing senior exercise class?

Possibly: If you are exercising and having acute pain while doing the exercises, you may need to rethink this activity. Also if you have severe pain or prolonged pain the next day after exercise you may be overdoing it. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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No knee pain while playing but only while squating and climbing down stairs. Will quad strengthing help.

No knee pain while playing but only while squating and climbing down stairs. Will quad strengthing help.

It can: Sounds like you have a problem under your knee cap (patella). Most stress in this area during squats and going down stairs (chondromalacia pattelli). The corner stone of pt for it is quad exercises : straight leg raising, "quad sets" (tensing muscle while knee straight/isometrically)and pain free arc exercises. Many online resources for exercises
http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=xwc4flssv6e. ...Read more

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How to improve strength in my knee?

How to improve strength in my knee?

OnlyWay: Use It with: Care while minimizing any pain, Muscles strength & coordination only improve with use. Key: incorporating a complex variety of uses, not just more strength/range in one or a limited set of uses. Thus machines, walking, running, jumping, etc. If any joint pain (s) consider glucosamine+chondroitin (molecular building blocks of cartilage, Nutransense a good brand, sourced from N. America, not China). ...Read more

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I overextended my knee, had arthroscopy, how can I improve my knee strength?

I overextended my knee, had arthroscopy, how can I improve my knee strength?

Quads/Hamstring: You need to start working on quad/hamstring strengthening. There are many exercises to do this which you can do in the physical therapy, gym or even at home. You can look these up online. ...Read more

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Please describe the strengths and weaknesses of the knee joint?

Please describe the strengths and weaknesses of the knee joint?

Muscle/ligaments: Muscle gives u the strength u need to move and protect ur knee. Ligaments guide the motion and r injured when the muscles fail or the stress is 2 great for any muscle 2 help. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if I should tell the Dr. That I sometimes get a cramp pain on my left knee and I lose strength that I would stop to hold something?

I'm wondering if I should tell the Dr. That I sometimes get a cramp pain on my left knee and I lose strength that I would stop to hold something?

Yes: These are symptoms that can be transient and benign, but also could be helpful in the greater context of your medical health (possible medication side effects, potentially important within the context of other symptoms, etc). Never hesitate to let your doctor know about any concerns/observations you have. Their job is to determine significance. ...Read more

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Old injury 2 knee & ankle. Quads r weak. Is weakness from injury or not being physically fit prior 2 injury. How long to build strength?

Old injury 2 knee & ankle. Quads r weak. Is weakness from injury or not being physically fit prior 2 injury. How long to build strength?

Could be from both: When an athlete is in top shape, it only takes 2-3 weeks to be set back 20-30% and 4-8 weeks to get back to the start point. If you were not in great shape to begin with.... It is probably a combination of both. ...Read more

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Is it bad for my knee joints to run 15-25 miles a week. How many miles a week is too much? I'm 21 and also do free weights and strength training

Your Health: Motivation must come from you. Think about why you want to train & make that your goal. Start out small & realistic. Do something you like rather than doing a killer workout that you dread. Once you start doing that activity, even if its only a few minutes a day, you'll probably find yourself looking forward to doing it because of how great it makes you feel. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does hyaluronic acid improve knee joint strength?

NO: It is the main ingredient in viscosupplementation, which works by cushioning the joint. Joint strength implies muscular improvement. ...Read more

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Would kroger brand xtra strength pain relief pm be a good over-the-counter drug to take for my knee replacement instead of vicoden?

Would kroger brand xtra strength pain relief pm be a good over-the-counter drug to take for my knee replacement instead of vicoden?

Possibly: Kroger brand xtra strength pain relief is acetaminophen, which is essentially tylenol. It may be weaker for pain than vicodin, but you will likely have less side effects than the vicodin if you are sensitive to narcotics. If the pain is not severe, I would go with the tylenol. Motrin and Ibuprofen are good over the counter options, but I would not take it constantly for a long time. ...Read more

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The inside of my knee buckles when I stand up. No pain. (it was fractured 15 years ago). I already do Pilates for strength. Do I need doc?

The inside of my knee buckles when I stand up. No pain. (it was fractured 15 years ago). I already do Pilates for strength. Do I need doc?

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury & some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. You may wish to try thessaly test, but it is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure. ...Read more

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Sharp pain around right knee shooting down leg when crossing it. Patella doesn't hurt. Full weight bearing and strength. Not swollen either.

Meniscus injury: An injury to the meniscus can lead to pain when applying pressure to the inside of the knee while crossing the legs this can be aggravated. Although usually there is swelling of the knee sometimes you'll only get pain and not much swelling. If regularanti-inflammatories and ice or not helping then it is necessary to obtain consultation with an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Seniors' Health (Definition)

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