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Old 08-26-2009, 04:47 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
Update: It's pretty much all better now. Good prediction, SG. I gradually started running again a month after it started bothering me, and was careful to warm up gradually.

I ran three miles on pavement last Sunday, and didn't have any pain (although I did take two ibuprofens after the run).

Happy to hear it is feeling better!

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Old 08-26-2009, 06:52 PM   #22
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I find this thread very interesting as I am currently in P/T for a torn left meniscus with a large Baker cyst. Before P/T, I could walk ok, but sitting for any length of time (like in a car), my knee would hurt terribly when I first stood up. I went to an orthopedist who specializes in knee and ankle injuries and he advised against knee replacement except as a last resort. His Rx was a minimum of 6 weeks of P/T 3 times a week, orthotics to correct a knee alignment issue and daily glucosamine/chondroitin supplements.

The orthotics have made a huge difference in the effectiveness of the exercise program; and incidentally, I have been warned not to do deep lunges EVER.

My therapy includes lots of knee stabilization exercises, balance work, electrical stimulation and ice/elevation.

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Readers of this thread may benefit from the video on 4 exercises for Increasing Knee Stability found at the NYTimes:

Phys Ed: Can Running Actually Help Your Knees? - Well Blog -

You will see videos of some of the exercises described by Nords earlier in this thread.
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:26 PM   #24
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Hi Al,

Good to hear you're feeling better...if you have other running injuries, there is an online forum at Runner's World: Running Shoes, Marathon Training, Racing with an injury can always poke around there for advice.

I've been a runner for 5+ years now. About 3 years ago I had a similar issue with my knee. PT helped enormously, and they gave me some strengthening exercises that I still do to this day, 2 x per week. Haven't had any knee problems since! Funny, at first when I started having knee problems I was "blaming" the high impact of running...after PT I realized I just should have blaming the weakling muscles in my hips & core.

All is well now...I run ~ 30 miles a week with no problems.

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