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Old 01-07-2008, 12:07 AM   #1
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I actually have had two knee surgeries on the same knee. The first was for a bone chip many years a go. I recovered completely from that one. The second surgery was a meniscus tear (from a work related injury, I houseclean). That surgery was a year a go. My knee and foot are not right. I never had physical therapy, and I am not even sure if insurance will cover it at this point.

So I was wondering does anyone have any idea for the best strengthening exercises? I have started to do some yoga, pilates ( I have an extremely weak core), and I hike, walk and really want to do more running. I ran a mile up a steep hill today and now my knee hurts. I like running best, but I don't want to do too much damage. I was running up to 5 miles a day before the last surgery, now I am starting to feel really out of shape. I am not a huge fan of biking.
Will weight training be good? I do some. I also notice my knee and leg become very tight if I don't stretch it out.
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First off, you might consider trying a low level dose of Aleve...one pill in the morning, one at night. It really helps with knee inflammation.

Other than that, you need to identify where the pain is coming from. And you probably need to see a doctor to see what the problem actually IS...exercising now, when you don't know what is wrong, could do some harm...knees are tricky, so try to be careful!
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Thanks, I didn't even think of Alieve.

I hate the thought of even going back to the doctor. I had to go three months with my knee locking before they would even approve an MRI, and we actually have pretty good insurance

I also wonder if the extra 20 or so pounds is causing it to hurt more and if I can get in better shape will it improve.
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