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Offline Happyface82

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Balancing exercise and pain
« on: March 28, 2016, 02:17:08 PM »
Hi all,

Its been a while since I've been in in here and though I'd ask for some advice as I've been struggling lately.

Quick history on the knees:

I'm 33, was training to be a dancer for years and had pain mainly on one knee since I was a kid. at 18 I have a medial menisectomy. Kept dancing. At 23 I had a Lateral Release and they cleared lots of cartilage apparently. Was told to not dance professionaly any more.

Fast forward to now. Did an MRI last year on right knee (have pain on left one but not as bad). Got grade 4 arthritis - wasn't left with many options, just manage the pain till I need a replacement. Genetics they said.

Overall I can deal with the pain so far. Its always there, some days are better than others. The thing is I like exercising and it really helps my mental health. I managed to get back in to the gym last year after lots of attempts and things went well. I started spinning which has helped me a lot! Even went without pain for a few months.

At the moment I'm struggling though. I do lots of classes - circuits, spinning, and sometimes I just do my own thing. I also started running recently. After reading a bit more in here I realised this is a big No so will stop that.

I guess my questions are two: 

1. What type fo exercise do you all do that agrees with you? (thinking of starting swimming)
2. Is there anything you use that has helped you - such as a brace, or anything else that I can use when I'm at the gym? I'm a bit clueless in that area, thought maybe there is a nice trick I'm missing!

Thank you and sorry for the long post.


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Re: Balancing exercise and pain
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 02:36:04 PM »
I certainly wouldn't run, swimming is good but you'll need to find which stroke works best for your knee. Breast stroke can irritate knee issues. You could try water walking, aqua aerobics etc. Where in the knee is the arthritis?

Cycling also good, but make sure the saddle height and position is correct. In spin slashes, you'd be best to avoid riding out of the saddle and too high a resistance

Are you working with a physiotherapist to ensure your muscles are all balanced and there's no tightness causing issues. They would also be best placed to advise on the best types of exercise and bracing. You could try a neoprene support in the meantime

The menisectomy is likely a major culprit in the arthritis unfortunately. Have you tried injections into the knee? Talk to your specialist about hyaluronic acid and potentially PRP or stem cells (depending on your country)

Good luck :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09 (lat meniscus, lat condyle defect)
LK scopes 8/2/10 & 16/12/10
RK scope 5/2/15 (menisectomy, Hoffa’s fat pad trim)
LK scope 10.1.19 medial meniscectomy, trochlea MFX
LK scope 19.4.21 MFX to both condyles & trochlea, patella cartilage shaved, viscoseal, depo-medrone