Left knee twinge of pain

  • JohnG16775

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    Feb 22, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    Hi Guys, I need some good advice. I had my left acl and mcl repaired in 97 surgically, then gained some weight, so started walking since I am on my feet all day at my job to help fight the weight. So my gentle walking has been increasing over the past year to now outright running on treadmill, I am a man on a mission, but here is the catch. Today for the very first time since rehab I felt a small twinge of pain in the left knee, I DONT WANT TO QUIT, what is the best course of action other than ICE and IBUPROFEN, I really need the workout and love to run, I am doing about 5 miles three to four times a week. What do I do???
    Thanks
  • Timbales

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    Feb 22, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    I'd consult your orthopedist. It could be tendinitis, it could be just a mild sprain, but it could also be something more serious.
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    Feb 22, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidI'd consult your orthopedist. It could be tendinitis, it could be just a mild sprain, but it could also be something more serious.


    Best advice you're going to get. And in the first response to the topic too!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 22, 2009 3:00 PM GMT
    The first thing you need to do is stop all activities that exacerbates the pain. Since you already had surgery for internal derangement of the left knee, you will be predisposed to problems. Its great that you can jog in your fifties. George Bush had to give it up but Bill Clinton can still jog but slowly. Maybe it is because Bush is Texan icon_biggrin.gif I can't jog any more. Lots of things can cause knee pain such as problems with tendons, ligaments, cartilages, bursitis and osteoarthritis The orthopedist might want to try you on other activities. The gym ellipticals are a lot less stressful on the knees. I can go on a forty mile bicycle day trip without any knee problems. Quad strengthening exercises are also prescribed for some knee problems. One thing you can strive for is getting your weight down. The weight bearing joins hips, knees, ankles are readily damaged by weight. You can lose weight without running. It is said that weight loss is due to 70 % diet and 20% exercise and 10% sleep. Resistance training will speed up metabolism resulting in weight loss. Good Luck

    A Mayo Clinic article on knee problems
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/knee-pain/DS00555/DSECTION=symptoms
  • JohnG16775

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    Feb 23, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    i RAN AGAIN TODAY only 2.5 miles and no more, preceeded with stretching. no pain tonight.

    Thanks everyone.
  • metta

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    Feb 23, 2009 3:50 AM GMT
    I don't know what exactly is causing the pain. Ask your doc.

    If it is your joints, try Synthovial Seven, which is pure hyaluronic acid (HA) and see if that helps. After doing so many years of step classes, I found that one of my knees bother me a little and I take it when I start to feel anything and it goes away. I rarely take it but when I do, the pain goes away.

    When you do cardio, stay away from things where you are pounding on your knee, such as running. do things like the StairMaster, elliptical, etc. Seriously, you want to stay away from having to get a knee replacement when you are older if you can do so. Protect your knees.
  • JohnG16775

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    Feb 24, 2009 6:34 PM GMT
    update, knee is much better , reduced milage for 3 days now back to 4.8 amd its fine............thank you guys