• 5 months ago

    Exercising with osteoarthritis

    I saw an orthopedist because of pain and swelling in both knees 2 years ago. He said I need total knee replacements. I am 75 and do not want to undergo surgery so I curtailed hiking and aerobics which had been causing pain, I lost some weight and ate more foods recommended by the Arthritis Org. I have been able to manage the pain but worry that I am too sedentary and may be setting myself up for other health problems. I have started riding a stationary bike, working up to 30 minutes a day but wonder if this will make my knees so bad that I won't have any choice but to have them replaced. They don't hurt any worse since starting this exercise. Any advice?

Responses

  • 3 months ago

    RE: Exercising with osteoarthritis

    Maybe try swimming? That won't hurt your knees but will keep you active with no impact.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Exercising with osteoarthritis

    Swimming is an excellent choice of exercise, as it uses so many muscle groups. Other exercises, while in the water will also reduce any impact on your joints. I have a friend your age that tries to exercise every day, in the Gulf. He's had knee problems as well and, walks without pain.
    Another modern medical treatment is stem cell therapy, it utilizes your own stem cells.
    There is an excellent article in NEWS MAX magazine, you may be able to access it over the web.
    Lastly, I've heard numerous anecdotal replies from people that have gotten off harmful Pharmaceuticals by using Relief Factor. I haven't tried it myself as my back pain isn't bothering me at least for now. It contains proven painkillers such as Tumeric etc.
  • RE: Exercising with osteoarthritis

    I am actually scheduled to have the first of two full knee replacements on March 5, 2019, and the second one in September. But I have been working out in preparation for the surgery, and also just to keep moving and not lose all of my strength!


    My experience is that both knees respond positively to getting a moderate amount of exercise. I don't do as much as 30 minutes on a stationary bike--I only do about 15--but it doesn't seem to hurt my knees further. I do a lot of yoga stretching and deep breathing, and a lot of upper body workout. I avoid any machine that involves leg impact, like the treadmill.

    I would say, let your body and your pain levels be your guide. Maybe take it more slowly on the bicycle if you are peddling fast right now. The bike does indeed put a strain on the knees--but some strain is probably good for building the muscles that support the knee joints.

    I confess to being very ambivalent about these surgeries, but at 69, I just can't stand the limitations to my movements and my comfort levels. If you are interested in my surgical outcome, just let me know.

    Meanwhile, all best to you. I know that if I were 75, I would think long and hard before deciding to subject myself to this very painful and rigorous surgery...TWICE!! I figure I will be devoting most of 2019 to surgery, recovery, and healing. I am just hoping for the best, and I wish the same for you!