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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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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Is it safe to lift weights above your head or lateral raises if you have pelvic organ prolapse (while seated on an exercise ball)?

Is it safe to lift weights above your head or lateral raises if you have pelvic organ prolapse (while seated on an exercise ball)?

Valsalva pressure: Whenever one holds a breath and strains down to defecate, urinate or lift weights, the suspended pelvic organs tend to do a "deep dive" towards the floor of the pelvis, putting a gravitational strain on the same. In other words,, the pelvic organs will tend to prolapse even further then they have if weights are continuously lifted. ...Read more

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R. Hand goes numb when i sleep on either side, arm stretched forward, also when reaching forward during the day using mouse or bike handle. Not carpa?

R. Hand goes numb when i sleep on either side,  arm stretched forward, also when reaching forward during the day using mouse or bike handle. Not carpa?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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By using bike clips giving you the up and down when riding.Is this hard on my knee?

By using bike clips giving you the up and down when riding.Is this hard on my knee?

No: Pedal clips should not cause any damage to the knee. Knee pain with cycling is usually related to seat height/position. ...Read more

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Is it worse to roll your ankle with or without shoes on during fitness class?

Is it worse to roll your ankle with or without shoes on during fitness class?

Both: While an appropriately selected shoe is important to prevent injury, the fact your ankle rolls while exercises indicates you might want to get this checked out with a podiatrist or orthopedist. Physical therapy or ankle support options may be needed. ...Read more

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Which is more effective if i want to work out my legs: a malibu Pilates chair or stationary bike?

Which is more effective if i want to work out my legs: a malibu Pilates chair or stationary bike?

Tough: Great question. The pilates chair is great for allowing stretching of your lower leg mucles with is very important. The bike however will provide for better cardiovascular fitness as well as muscle tone and development. I'd recommend the bike with a good stretching program. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a sore knee from running. Hurts on the middle especially when held in a flexion position for a while like seated. Painful to run and ride- walking is okay to a certain extent.

I have a sore knee from running. Hurts on the middle especially when held in a flexion position for a while like seated. Painful to run and ride- walking is okay to a certain extent.

Patellar Tendonitis: It sounds like you may have patellar tenodinitis. This will feel more painful with the knee in flexed position because the patellar tendon is extended. Normally is painful also with walking up and down stairs. Ibuprofen will normally work for this but if it does not it may need a steroid injection. Please follow up with your primary doctor if symptoms persist for a prolonged period of time. ...Read more

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I have long sitting hours which is causing my shoulders to bend and is leading to myback in a bending position. Please suggest some easy exercises?

Try McKenzie Therapy: Look up mckenzie therapy on the internet. There are many sites that can give you useful information. The exercises should help. They are most effective when taught by a credentialled therapist. ...Read more

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Right knee feels like it might give out when at a 45 degree angle (ie climbing up or down stairs). Able to do Leg curls and BBall no problem. Serious?

Right knee feels like it might give out when at a 45 degree angle (ie climbing up or down stairs). Able to do Leg curls and BBall no problem. Serious?

Orthopedic surgeon: I assume that your knee feels unstable when flexed and bearing weight because of pain rather than weakness alone. The problem could be with muscle,ligament or cartilage. An orthopedic surgeon is best qualified to evaluate and advise you about imaging,diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause pain in the knee when bending to sit down or applying pressure to put on a shoe?

What can cause pain in the knee when bending to sit down or applying pressure to put on a shoe?

A number of causes: Most likely its a meniscal lesion, or a chondral/ligament lesion. At your age, it could be a knee cap problem or something called osteochondritis (although you might be old for it). You should see your orthopod. ...Read more

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Does having long arms put you at a disadavantage when working out with the bench press?

Does having long arms put you at a disadavantage when working out with the bench press?

Yes: Proper spacing of the weight accross the chest is important to avoid strain of the shoulders and elbows. You can benefit with weight training for strenth and fitness. Consider a weight belt to suspport your low back and improve your postural awareness as you increase your loads and training. A free weight bar may be better for you than the standard press handles. ...Read more

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Which is a better way to jumprope for a cardiac exercise: jump rope on my toes or keep my feet flat?

Which is a better way to jumprope for a cardiac exercise: jump rope on my toes or keep my feet flat?

Balls of your feet: You use the calves more and get a better workout using the balls of your feet. If you try to jump rope flat footed, it can put too much of a pounding on the heel. This can lead to plantar fascitis, calcaneal stress fracture, or bruising of the calcaneus(heel). The key to jumping rope is to wear good supportive shoes that can absorb the pounding from jumping rope. ...Read more

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Which lower body lifting exercises can I do with a meniscal injury. My doctor has cleared me for walking and stairs without a brace or krutches?

Which lower body lifting exercises can I do with a meniscal injury. My doctor has cleared me for walking and stairs without a brace or krutches?

Need more info: Do you have a mensical tear? If you do and had a surgical menisectomy, usually my patients are walking within a few days, then stationary biking, then running in 3-4 weeks. Things like stairs and crouching are variable based on quad strength and body weight. ...Read more

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Leg and feet swelling after 3 hour flight. Can or should I try to squeeze the swelling back up to the body?

Leg and feet swelling after 3 hour flight. Can or should I try to squeeze the swelling back up to the body?

Walk: Walking, moving the muscles of your legs can help. Support stockings can be beneficial also. ...Read more