Running after knee injury...

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    Apr 24, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    I have been trying to get back into long distance runs again after breaking my knee last year. Some days are great but other days I have to stop because of the pain in my knee. I just wanted to talk to other runners who have come back from knee injuries. Maybe someone has some good advice for different exercises, etc that can help me out. I really enjoy running and I don't want to give it up.
  • runningjoe

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    Apr 24, 2013 7:42 AM GMT
    How did you injure your knee? Have you had physio for it?

    I'm in the final weeks of training for a marathon at the end of May and hurt my knee hiking on holiday in early March. I find that giving it rest and doing exercises to strengthen it have helped, but I still need to be careful.

    What exercises do you do at the moment for it?

  • RunnerMD

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    Apr 24, 2013 12:01 PM GMT
    Ohioguy saidI have been trying to get back into long distance runs again after breaking my knee last year. Some days are great but other days I have to stop because of the pain in my knee. I just wanted to talk to other runners who have come back from knee injuries. Maybe someone has some good advice for different exercises, etc that can help me out. I really enjoy running and I don't want to give it up.


    Whenever I have any concerns about my knees, joints, et cetera, I head to the Physical Therapist for advice on if everything is okay and what sorts of stretches and exercises to do to accommodate that. Using them as the foundation of your training would be my one suggestion at this point. Even without trying to recover from an injury it is easy for people to run themselves into injuries due to muscle imbalances, mis-timings in muscle firing, over-tightness in certain areas and problems with form. A good PT will make you sure you work through those and get off on the right foot.

    That said, congrats on getting back into training! Good luck!
  • rnch

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    Apr 24, 2013 1:02 PM GMT
    As events in Boston have proven, running is bad for your health.

    Don't Do It.
  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 24, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
    On the most basic level, rest is the best thing you can do for your knee. In the era of advanced medicine and physiotherapy, this tends to get forgotten.

    Meanwhile, how about trying other cardio exercises that are easier going on the legs, like walking, ruck-marching, cycling, and swimming to maintain fitness, flexibility, and the routine of exercise?
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    Apr 25, 2013 7:48 AM GMT
    runningjoe saidHow did you injure your knee? Have you had physio for it?

    I'm in the final weeks of training for a marathon at the end of May and hurt my knee hiking on holiday in early March. I find that giving it rest and doing exercises to strengthen it have helped, but I still need to be careful.

    What exercises do you do at the moment for it?



    I was kicked in the knee and cracked the tibial plateau over a year ago. I haven't had physio in quite a while.

    Some days it feels great but other days it really lets me know its there. The pain generally starts up in the knee then travels down the distal side of my leg towards my ankle.

    Some days I do switch things up with the elliptical or cycling but I would much rather run the roads. I really miss running the 5k's.