Knees problem

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mohitgarg

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Posted: 10 Mar 2012, 13:48
Hi

Since two months I have been almost regular at gym where I do treadmill (2-3 km) and Cross-trainer (3-4 km). I am in the middle of my weight-loss mission.

Recently, my trainer put me on special routine which includes lunges and squats (with weights). Since then I have started feeling problems in Knees. Apart from soreness in thighs and hamstring area (which is acceptable) I am having a strange feeling in knees. It is not pain or anything, it is more of a discomfort. The feeling is like of knuckle-cracking. As if the bones inside the joint are rubbing together, and producing sounds. I do not feel pain, but there is certain level of pressure and tension that I feel in the muscles when I do lunges. This remains for a few days, but subdues later if I stop doing knee based exercises for a few days.

There is no inflammation or pain, so I could reject possibility of arthritis. Besides, I am only 27.

I am not sure whether to continue with this or stop it altogether. Can anyone share their experiences, if similar?
Cthulhu

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Posted: 10 Mar 2012, 14:50
Injury is one of the most common things to bring a diet/fitness regimen to a grinding halt. Listen to your body, rotate what you do. Could be a sign that you are overusing a certain part of the body.

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” ~Victor E. Frankl
oslofile

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Posted: 11 Mar 2012, 09:12
Mohitgarg, I think that I may have a similar problem. I had an x-ray that showed my knee joint had gone much closer together than my other knee. I got a cordozone shot. Walked out of the office with absolutely no feeling or pain in my knee. Stayed that way for well over six months. I had this done one more time with similar results. I was also advised by the same doctor, who gave me the shot, to exercise my knee. He demonstrated the exercise. It was sitting in a chair and raising my leg straight out. I of course didn't do that but a month ago I joined a health club that has swimming pool activities for older people. Silver Splash is the name that my suplemental insurance pays for. I do the swimming pool routine 6 days a week. I have noticed a marked improvement in my knee. I am strengthing my knee muscles and it is taking some of the pressure off the joint. This exercise is very low impact and it developes muscles as well as balance, timing, coordination and flexability. I really enjoy my group session. Oslo hth
Lizzygracemu...

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Posted: 11 Mar 2012, 11:07
I had my first knee surgery at 29! Most people are not genetically strong in the knees. Running is the worst thing you can do to a less than perfect knee. Some people can do it, some can't. THe crunching is called crepitus.. and can be from damaged cartalige in your knee. YOu think there is no swelling, but there probably is. Internal. You just can't see it. Put your hand on your knee after a workout, is a warm (after your cooldown)... warm = inflamation and will break down your knee. Lunges are what finally did my knee in.

You should google lunges and read up,make sure your form is perfect, and days you do lunges, try doing eliptical instead of running.

http://www.arthritis-health.com/joint/knee/crepitus-knee
oslofile

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Posted: 11 Mar 2012, 11:50
Lizzy, my knee problem began wheen I broke my ankle and was told not to put any weight on it for 3 months. I wish that I had been told to still exercise my leg and hip. I did not and I believe the three months weakened the muscles and thus caused the bones to come close together. My exercise in the pool in not impacting my knee at all and I can not detect any harmful effects from my workout. In the pool workout I get exercises that move in all possible directions. Side to side, extended out etc. The reps is minimal 2 to 3 times in one class and no more than 8 at a time in another class.

Lizzygracemu...

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Posted: 11 Mar 2012, 20:00
Oslofile, I think I understand you, what is your native language? I had atrophy in my leg from the surgery as well. I had to do physical therapy immediately after surgery even though I couldn't walk. My muscles became imbalanced from not being as strong as they use to be. Your muscles hold up your bones, so a basic strength training for the knee is good. Don't go heavy till you have build up your strength to pre-broken ankle. Hope the water workout goes well. The following article might enlighten you to the imbalance of muscles and knee pain.. http://functionaltrainingcoach.com/the-real-reason-lunges-knee-pain/
mohitgarg

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Posted: 12 Mar 2012, 05:22
@lizzy - Thanks a lot for the interesting article. I am sure I do not have any past (or recent) injuries. I guess my lower thigh muscles are weaker than the quads. Just need to find ways to work out that area. Meanwhile I would do milder versions of squats and lunges.
Brclarke

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Posted: 12 Mar 2012, 09:07
when I started working out I had knee pain too. Try getting a foam roller. You can Google how to use it. It helps to stretch your IT Band witch can help to relieve the pain.
Imdoc

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Posted: 12 Mar 2012, 11:38
I have knee issues and I'm still really active in sports. The creaky knee sensation is your body readjusting to the new level of activity you're putting it through. It's nothing to worry about unless there is pain. Following the famous saying, "if it ain't broke..."
However, achy is pain. Try drinking some caffiene after a workout and some quad stretches. It might make that knuckle popped feeling go away. If it still doesn't go away, try heat or ice after workout (5 minute test with heat. If your knees swell, switch to ice)
Lizzygracemu...

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Posted: 12 Mar 2012, 17:58
PS, LEG PRESS is a good balance for lower body. You can do one leg at at time as well. Interesting trick. On the leg press, you can put a kids bounce ball (sice of a soccer ball) between your legs when you do it. Hold it between your legs just above the knee and it engages the inner quads. Helps keep it balanced if you are weak there. The leg curl will evenly do your hamstring. And @brclarke, he has a good point, stretching can help avoid tightening and imbalance.
mohitgarg

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Posted: 13 Mar 2012, 01:02
thankyou all for the suggestions. I will keep them in mind !



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