Exercise Ideas Needed

#1
Last year I damaged my knee running - prepatellar bursitis lateral ligament sprain - stupidly carried on which caused more damage and ended up stopping me running for about 6 weeks.

The same problem now appears to be affecting the other knee. Doc says no exercise that will put any pressure on the knee but as I struggle with running even without injury, I really don't want to waste another few weeks of enforced rest.

Any ideas what I can do in place of running that won't put pressure on the knee but will ultimately help me with the running when injury free again?


(Apologies for the lack grammar/spelling/sense in that - been a very long week!)
 
#2
If my knee plays up I nip on down to the gym and hop on the bike.

I like one ex where I do a few mins at setting 1, then 2 mins at 2, 2 mins at 3, up to max, then work 2 mins down. Masochists can do this two or three times depending on time. I also like to finish off with a few weights, being careful.

Good luck.
 
#4
Swim.
 
#7
Swim, Cycling may exacerbate the injury.

Anyway, you Bristawwwl folk should find swimming easier. What with the webbed feet and hands and 12 fingers and all :D

Seriously, Swim, don't cycle.
 
#8
Mike - tried the cross trainer last time, was too painful on my knee.

PTP - I'm not FROM Bristol!! Grr...

Any ideas on what I can do to strengthen my knees to avoid this happening again?
 
#11
How many years of medical school have you done Kes? When did you get your doctorate? Right, take the Doc's advice, he's well qualified to give it. Of course you could ignore it, get on a bike or cross trainer and cause damage that'll slow you down for the rest of your life.
Find yourself a physio, better still get the Doc to refer you to one and ask him to give you build ups once you are fit to exercise again. Listening to internet rambos telling you to get on bikes cross trainers etc is a fools thing to do, wise up, you only have one body, make it last.
 
#13
irlsgt said:
Swimming / cycling (with low resistance, correct saddle height) should be ok

But check with your doctor/physio before you do anything!
Swimming is a good non impact exercise but would avoid the breast stroke as you're twisting your feet out to the side and in turn twisting your knee whilst bending and extending.

Main things that could well be of use whilst you are waiting for your PHYSIO appt, whatever the exercise try and maintain joint alignment (Hip, knee, ankle) and invest in a wobble board. Good luck and listen to the doc ref meds!
 
#14
Thanks for the advice everyone, saw a physio last time and (after being stubborn) did as I was told and rested, but I don't want to just rest and do nothing this time. Both doc and physio have said I can't do anything that puts pressure on my knee - even driving (try getting my boss to understand that one!) - neither was much help suggesting alternative exercise except repeating the "rest!!" (you are correct mike, I don't do resting very well) which is why I'm appealing to the vast knowledge well of ARRSE.

Will do the swimming and in a week or so start cycling.

Thanks again :)
 
#16
kes1 said:
Thanks for the advice everyone, saw a physio last time and (after being stubborn) did as I was told and rested, but I don't want to just rest and do nothing this time. Both doc and physio have said I can't do anything that puts pressure on my knee - even driving (try getting my boss to understand that one!) - neither was much help suggesting alternative exercise except repeating the "rest!!" (you are correct mike, I don't do resting very well) which is why I'm appealing to the vast knowledge well of ARRSE.

Will do the swimming and in a week or so start cycling.

Thanks again :)
I had a back problem a while ago and the physiotherapist recommended flogging the manual and buying an automatic because of the pressure that operating the clutch puts on your leg and back!

Litotes
 
#17
Swim or run in water, you horrible unhelpful person!

You COULD bike it, but really in order to maintain the sort of outcomes you'll get from the same time spent running, you'll need to put in alot more effort, and that won't be good for your knee, the same goes for X-Training.

As a last dith effort, which will leave you feeling a bit lopsided, you could always skip, on the non-affected leg. 20 minutes of decent pace skipping will leace you blowing out of your arrse in a pool of sweat, but it's brilliant fitness.
 
#19
I would say rest the lowerbody for a few months (yes, I said months). In the mean time, you could try one of those hand bike things that footballers tend to use to keep their fitness up when injured. Swimming would be a play by ear thing, seeing as even driving seems to be keeping the injurt from healing up (that's pretty bad IMO).

Quick question, what sort of actual injury is it?
A lot of runners do squats and hill runs to prevent common running injuries (DON'T DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT NOW THOUGH). Although I don't know what your injury entails, so I'm just throwing that one out there for rehab dependant on what your physio and doctor say.
 
#20
What I forgot to mention was the time element in this, I am back at the RTC soon which is why I need exercise ideas that will help with running so that when I turn up I'm not the unfit gasping for oxygen twit at the back of the group :oops:


Thanks for the walking/running in water idea Grainger, did that twice over the weekend and (apart from getting odd looks from the other swimmers) was a good workout! :D
 
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