Exercise & knee pain

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Hi guys I decided to be as pro active as I can with my knee issues, I am trying to lose some weight to try and help the joint.The only thing I can do at the moment is walk, although it's quite limited. I bought a treadmill and have been trying to do 20 mins daily. My knee is very stiff and painful during the first 5/8 minutes in then eases a bit. I managed 3 days but since Thursday ive barely been mobile am so stiff can't hardly walk at all and can't weight bear at all. So fed up, try to help myself and end up going backwards.

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    Freestork, I was told to be careful with the treadmill because my physio said it tends to jerk the knee.  I DO use it but am limiting it to 4 or 5 days a week 7 minutes at a time and a slow walk.  The recumbent bike is the easiest thing on the knees and increases flexibiltiy.  I think you're overdoing the treadmill.  Losing weight will help, no doubt but do take care re the treadmill.  I only started using mine when I'd got a bend of 120 because I want to maintain the strength I had in both legs before I had the TKR so they're in good shape for the other knee to be done and it also helps keep a general fitness.  I know what it's like though - we feel such a responsibility to do the best we can for ourselves and we are to a great degree fumbling through!

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      To be honest Freestork, I'm taking a couple of days off exercise because I've overdone it here!  I haven't really had real pain since the op but after doing the treadmill, pushing it a bit more for a couple of days, I've now got a slight pain in the knee when it's at some angles, so going to elevate and rest and have a couple of days off and go back then doing less and see how it builds up again.  But I'd determined to never do more than 10 minutes walking on it because jogging is one of the things you shouldn't do after TKR, so anything has got to be gentle and with cushioned sole shoes, as far as I'm concerned.  My physio mentioned the elliptical would be  good but the other knee is much too bad to try that but I'm hoping when that knee is done, I might be able to use it.  We got all this stuff several years back and my husband reversed his type two diabetes with it and I got much fitter, so it's a question of adapting to using what works now.  A lot of it is trial and error though!

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    Post TKR Exercise Plan...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/post-tkr-exercising-565527

    Slow and easy.  YES!!!  LOSE THE WEIGHT!!!  I lost 57 pounds with my daughter's recommendations.  Graduate nutritionist and ACSM/ACE-certified personal trainer.  She designed the attached plan.  Have fun...

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