Gym equipment for vmo strengthening?

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Gym equipment for vmo strengthening?

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can anyone suggest the best gym equipment for vmo strengthening? I was thinking to buy something for home either exercise bike, cross trainer or stepper so dont know which would be the most useful thanks
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Caroline:

Are you working with a PT? Just asking because the bike was banned for me because of patellofemoral problems.To make a long story short, I have been doing exercises which are supposed to strengthen quads for one year, and am just now getting results. My VMO is still very mushy.

Quad exercises, as I have found the best results in working the VMO are: ball squeezes, short arc quads with 2lb. ankle weight, wall squats, heel touches off 2 inch step (this one hurts), leg press machine, quad slide board, stair climber, and theraband exercises that tie the legs together with the band while in a semi-squat position, you walk sideways, each way. Hope this helps because that end of the vastus medialis can be fussy to "wake up". Good Luck!

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I've had the therapist use a tens unit to get the vmo working along with the exercises, and once it got "woke up" then they quit using it. helped a lot, also helped target the lateral quads some too when those were being cranky.
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PT used biofeedback to get my brain engaging the VMO properly. It buzzed when I used it more. Walked in a squat position on a lot of squishy stuff and a squishy type balance beam in a squat position. Was to mentally work to engage it and make the machine buzz more and louder. Then same things Heather mentioned - ball squeezes, heel touches off a 2 inche step, a pilates leg step machine. I haven't been on a stair stepper yet but I think I'm rebuilding it when I use the treadmill and tilt it up at an incline. Also I'm to walk on the treadmill frontwards, backwards, and sideways and do a lot of walking in PT squatting as if the ceiling is lower. Think I'm still in a state of rebuilding it - this is after a patella fracture on May 3rd.
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thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I have to be careful with what exercises I do because I'm at risk of dislocating - the problem exists in both knees. I've also got severe osteoarthritis so squatting is painful. I will take more advice from my PT.
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Caroline:

Good luck with PT. I would ask as a precautionary about the bike. My first PT had me doing it, but PT #2 forbids it. I can only work at 45 degrees maximum for flexion exercises (leg-press, wall squats, etc) for the same problem (severe OA and maltracking). He said kneeling was out of the question right now, too. As if I could actually, anyway!! Seems like once the VMO is dead, you may as well just bury it. Just kidding!! Really, it just takes a long time sometimes as we all can agree with.

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5/10/07- Comminuted-20 frag., displaced L patella Fx
5/15/07- ORIF L patella, Bledsoe brace, crutches
7/07- PT 3X/week
8/07- Brace off, ambulate without crutches
9/27/07- Hardware removal, MUA, crutches x 8 wks&nbsp;
6/08- J-brace for lateral maltracking, Cont. PT
8/08- Referred to soft tissue OS
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