I hear all the time from people that their knees are “bad”. In fact, I had a patient tell me that just last week. She even had knee replacement surgery and was still complaining about her knee pain. I started to ask her more about what on her knees hurt, when her knees hurt, and then I asked questions about her daily life and what activities she was able to do and what she was missing out on.
She was able to point where the pain was, she told me it was the same pain from before her surgery and it never went away. “I wish I never had the surgery.” She isn’t able to shop for long periods of time because standing and walking increase her pain, She is cautious of the type of seats she sits on because when they are to low she has difficulty getting up from them. She isn’t able to participate in any of the group fitness classes she wants because of her “bad knee”.
After the evaluation and small treatment was done she gets up and says,
“Oh my! My knees haven’t felt this great in years!.”
She walked around for several minutes with her mouth open, eyes wide, simply in shock.
The remainder of her sessions with me will be learning how to keep her knee feeling good without having to come to my clinic. The first phase will be stop her pain, then work on the form or activities that caused the knee pain and the last phase will be to progress her being able to shop til she drops (from being tired), workout with her friends and sit on whatever chair she wants.
The big question and fear can be that if you workout or move your “bad knee” the pain will get worse. Why wouldn’t you think that since they hurt to move?
Really the trick to working out with bad knees is that your knees take on a lot of stress from your hips and ankles.
Your hip and ankle could be moving in one direction and forcing your knee in the other direction which causes constant stress...then pain.
There are many causes for bad knees so giving a clear path for how to workout with bad knees is hard.
However, I do have a few tips for anyone that wants to workout with bad knees.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald