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Rowing Machines Knee Problems
Knee osteoarthritis. Advisable to add ankle weights when doing strengthening exercises like straight leg raise?
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With a tailbone injury can you do strength training w weights ie squats,leg press, hip abducter and cardio - elliptical?
Varies: It varies somewhat based on the severity of the injury. If it is a fracture, you would be well suited to avoid exercises that put extra strain on that area such as seated military press, etc for 6-8 weeks. If it was more of a soft tissue injury, than basically you would just try to keep your activities to such a level that your pain is not aggravated, but could increase them as tolerated. ...Read more
Left knee MRI shows I have trochlear groove arthritis. What aerobic exercises can I do? Cycling? Running? Stair climber?
Non impact ideally: Your patellofemoral joint (where the knee cap meets the trochlear groove on the femur) sees 3-6 times your body weight and this is even more with running and other high impact exercises. Ideally you should stick with non impact activities like cycling, swimming and using the elliptical. The stair climber will likely be very tough because the amount of stress it puts on the pf joint is very high. ...Read more
Pain in both calves when walking up stairs and when using a exercising bike any leg lift exercising machine. No problem using a treadmill .
Calf pain: I doubt that your pain is related to circulation but that can't be ruled out without being seen for an evaluation. It is more likely that your pain is muscular, related to a ligament, or a tendon. Any new medicines that you are taking? At this point, we can't do much better than offer a guess. I would suggest that you see your doctor.. ...Read more
You pedal: and pedal but they never take you anywhere :) Stationary bikes are good aerobic exercise and good for your heart. Fantastic for building strength in the thighs Disadvantage: they do nothing for the upper body vs say a stairclimber or Nordic trac. At the gym I do various upper body exercises and finish with 30 minutes on the stationary bike. Good luck. ...Read more
OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.
OK to avoid them: First it may help to work with a certified personal trainer to modify an overhead exercises so that they are more "tolerable". Otherwise, no exercise that is done overhead is "necessary". Be reassured that you can readily find alternatives that will be suitable without compromising your the benefits you are receiving. ...Read more
Personal preference: Both elliptical machines and stationary bikes are great adjuncts to an ACL reconstruction rehabilitation program. They both protect the recovering knee and new ACL from unsafe forces such as rotating and pivoting while also limiting impact loading. Some patients do not like one or the other pieces of equipment, so it is nice to have various options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
They can be: I personally do not like ankle weight. I prefer to "closed chain exercises." these involve exercises like partial squats, lunges that promote strength of the entire extremity and promote core and balance training as well. There is nothing wrong with ankle weights but i prefer using the whole body and get more bang for the buck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3x10: Three reps of ten or twelve three times per day. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can: Acutely you want to reduce your strain on the tendon. You need to stretch your quads and slowly return you activity level in a controlled fashion to allow your tendon to build up tolerance again to the activities you do. Constant straining and loading your patella tendon can be aggravating to it unless done in a controlled environment. Work with your doctor and physical therapist to improve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Lateral knee pain mostly when crossing leg. Full weight bearing/strengh (can do ATG bodyweight squats), no swelling or tenderness. Meniscus tear?
IT Band: Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band) can cause pain on the lateral or outside part of the knee. Most common in runners. Common syndrome aggravated by crossing the affected leg. I would expect more swelling and tenderness with a meniscus tear. Stretching, Cold therapy, rest, and NSAIDS are helpful. Good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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