Posted by Linda
on July 12, 2000 at 15:00:29:
In Reply to: Arthritic Knee & Exercise posted by Candy on June 04, 2000 at 18:06:53:
: I have the very beginnings of arthritis. My doc didn't give me much info but from what I've read, I suppose Oestoarthritis. My left knee is the worst culprit. Always a very small discomfort, sometimes a more irritating pain and, at times, it really does hurt fairly bad. About the only thing the doc did tell me was that if I could build up the muscles in my quads it would help the knee. Ok. I am very out of shape and overweight but I used to enjoy weight lifting (circuits-not heavy duty) and I like to walk. I now have a weight machine (a Bowflex). My problem and QUESTION ... I seem to make my knee WORSE when I exercise more than once or twice in a week. Now, if I could know that I'm not harming it, I can work through the pain. It's not THAT intense. But I really do not want to make it worse. Where can I go to get information on the RIGHT way to build the quad muscles without harming the knee? Thanks for any input.
Your doctor can take a simple blood test to determine if you have osteo. There are a lot of prescription and over the counter meds out there. Just let your doctor know so that you can be monitored for possible side effects. Water therapy is great for building up the knees and over all shaping up. Check your local pools for tepid not cool water or it worsens the condition.