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This year, my knees really started to bother me. I jog (used to run), hit the gym 3 days a week (kinda....). Ride snowmachines every weekend in the winter, ride my 500 in summer as much as possible and even mountain bike as much as I can. So, you can see that when the pain in my knees acted up this summer, I was freaked out.

Through my skills of using Google, I was able to diagnose myself..... No Holiday Inn Express stays needed. Meniscus starting to degenerate.

Some of you folks must have some training advice..... stretching and the like....

My wife has pretty much talked me into seeing a specialist..... anyone have one they recommend?

TIA

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When mine get bad I sit on the floor and do hamstring stretches with a bag of frozen peas on my knee. Couple days of that and good to go again. Sports med doc told me to do it years ago. My problem is the bursa has been pounded into hard scar tissue so doesn't glide well, so bad I had it removed from one knee. Strengthening the knee with full range of motion execise (squats) and avoiding repetitive motion (bicycle) has helped me.

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When mine get bad I sit on the floor and do hamstring stretches with a bag of frozen peas on my knee. Couple days of that and good to go again. Sports med doc told me to do it years ago. My problem is the bursa has been pounded into hard scar tissue so doesn't glide well, so bad I had it removed from one knee. Strengthening the knee with full range of motion execise (squats) and avoiding repetitive motion (bicycle) has helped me.

Very good info. Went riding sleds yesterday (test and tune), boy was I worthless and groaned when it came to walking in the snow. But strange enough, my knees feel pretty good today. Where the past 5 months they have not let me go up stairs or get out of my truck/car with pain. Have been working on strength for them at the gym but think yesterday's ride actually helped. So I see what you mean about the bicycle being not so good..... as I have been doing that more lately.

Frozen peas..... I will give it a try!!

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Basically I was told you get joint pain and joint damage from tense/tight muscles pulling in on the joint or squishing it. Stretch, then stretch again and stretch some more. May take weeks to solve, but if you keep up on it your knees will feel great again.

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I have a very similar problem with one of my knees. Rubbing bone on bone. I also have a variety of torn things in that knee, along with a giant Baker's cyst behind the knee. Altogether, an 8 item list of junk wrong with it after my last MRI. That knee snaps, crackles & pops. For me, it's from years of jogging (to stay in shape & maintain my health, I thought... :lol: ). I get the cyst drained every 6 mos. or so. That knee needs to be replaced. Period.

When I hit 44 or 45, we moved to a very rural area. Has a narrow county road that wasn't maintained very well. Jogging in the ditches along side the road, to avoid car/truck conflicts, twisted my knee & ankle 17 different ways.

My doctor's advice was to avoid ANY exercise where your knee takes impacts. He recommended a bicycle. The only problem I have with my recumbent bicycle in my basement is that it doesn't seem to be as "time-efficient" as jogging was. It seems to take a lot more time on the goofy thing to burn less calories than jogging did. I have to absolutely avoid squats, due to my cyst on the back of knee.

Look into a rowing machine for your workouts. They're almost the perfect exercise for dirt biking; they work similar muscle groups we use when we ride. It doesn't beat you up, and I've personally never gotten off one of those, where after a half hour or so of use, there wasn't a big pool of sweat underneath.... :) The "Concept2" brand seems to be one of the best bangs for the buck. Look for a Model D, if possible, but really any of the other models (B, C, & E) will give you a great workout. I think the differences in most of the models is the electronics/computer. Newer models have a heart rate monitor & etc..

Oh yeah. The old "Chair-sit" isometric exercise is a good one for your quads, and won't hurt your knees. Place your back to a wall, with your heels about 18" or so from the wall. Now sit down with your back on the wall, as if the wall was the backrest of chair with no place for your butt. Try to form a good 90 degree angle with your lower clafs/knees/thighs. Hold it for a minute. It's not good for cardio, but again, you'll feel it burn the same muscles you use at, say, and indoor AX-type of track, or riding where you stand for whoops a lot.....

Good luck dealing with this. I don't mean to sound pessimistic here. But in my experieince, the best thing you can do for now is develop a high level of tolerance for pain, and any exercise that doesn't aggravate it.

Jimmie

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My knees were bone on bone for so long that I became bow legged, now I am using the aftermarket ones from Valley Orthopedics, (2007 titanium and teflon model) and feel great, but I treat them with much respect.

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wow, guess I'll stop bitching about the little knee pain I have. Years of basketball and snow skiing and then years of dirtbiking takes its toll but I don't have the issues or replacements you guy have.

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I take a supplement daily that has condroiten or something like that in it, it is supposed to improve your cartilage/tendons. I think it helps in addition to all the other stuff like stretching and strength building without too much stress on the joint. Like others, the teenage years are haunting me now!

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Not to be rude, but can you stand to lose a couple of pounds? My knees used to give me a lot of trouble and pain was ever present. After I dropped 15 lbs, they have not bothrered me since.

It doesn't take much extra weight to really wear on the knees and ankles.

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midol

Wrong forum Steve, should be in thumpette :lol:

I, like a few others on here, am a candidate for knee replacement, been putting it off for over 10 years now, bone on bone and any pressure side to side will drop me in a heap right freakin' now.

I ride 20-40 miles every weekend, can barely walk when I get home, but I've found lots of ice and aleave does the trick for me, by the next morning I'm jonesing to ride again.

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Midol does ease the recovery pain but only if you can remember to put some in your gear bag. Old age sucks. Don't get old.

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Thanks for all the helpful replies. All good stuff. Price you pay for being active and aging I guess.

Midol....... now that is funny!!!!

I could use to lose 15lbs. Hover just under 220 and 6'.

Have noticed the Glucosamine does help. Advil before a ride helps. Stretching helps and I will try "sitting on the wall". That sounds like a good idea'r

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One of the very best things you can do for your knees (as well as your hip joints and ankles) is to use a wobble board. It's a flat round platform with a small hemispherical thing in the middle underneath. (Think of a round piece of plywood with half of a softball stuck to the bottom.) You will find these little jewels in every physical therapy gym in the country. You stand on top with one foot in the middle and try to balance. Alternate to the other foot, and go back and forth until your joints are on fire. This exercises all of the small stabilization muscles in the joints that hardly have anything to do when you lift weights with machines. You should be able to find one at any decent sporting goods store.

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One of the very best things you can do for your knees (as well as your hip joints and ankles) is to use a wobble board. It's a flat round platform with a small hemispherical thing in the middle underneath. (Think of a round piece of plywood with half of a softball stuck to the bottom.) You will find these little jewels in every physical therapy gym in the country. You stand on top with one foot in the middle and try to balance. Alternate to the other foot, and go back and forth until your joints are on fire. This exercises all of the small stabilization muscles in the joints that hardly have anything to do when you lift weights with machines. You should be able to find one at any decent sporting goods store.

Good idea!

What about knee braces? Do they help?

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uhhhh.....like 43 is old?? it's the new 33 :lol:

Joe

X2!!

Lynn

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