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Anyone started couch to 5k after knee arthroscopy?

I graduated couch to 5k last year, ran the great north run, tore some Cartilage and just had my 2nd knee arthroscopy, this time they have removed all of the cartilage. I want to start running from

Scratch again and wondered if anyone had been in the same position

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Yes I have had it done twice and have no cartilage in my right knee. I have just done Week5 run 1 and am not suffering. Take it slow and you should be fine.

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Thanks for the reply I'm glad to hear you're running ok :-) can you remember how long it took for your first run after your op and did you do anything to prepare like stretches/cross training etc x

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I am also a rider (Showjumping) I was back on the horse 8 days later probably too soon but I had competitions so no choice and then I did alot of cycling and also weights to build the strength up Body Pump from Les Mills in New Zealand, but was a bit scared of running so I decided to try this program and so far so good. When did you have the op? Are you doing physiotherapy?

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I imagine riding would be pretty hard going with having to stand up in stirrups did it not hurt??!! I'm thinking of cycling for a few weeks to build up the muscles hopefully it will help.

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Hi, I can't talk from personal experience but my dad had a knee arthorscopy and was advised not to run, but to swim or walk instead. If you do want to run, it's probably best to seek medical advice and to take it very easy. Also to do swimming and Pilates to strength the muscles around the joint to provide extra support. My dad has found swimming and Pilates have helped him and he feels less discomfort and has a greater range of movement.

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My surgeon is dead against running so didn't even ask him for advice! Not running is not an option as I'm signed up for the great north run ! Swimming is a food idea Thankyou x

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I really wouldn't reccomed running if your surgeon said not to. My dad continued to run against his surgeon's advice with the consequence he nearly ended up in a wheelchair. I know it probably feels like a let down but given the choice of retaining mobility and being able to run long term at a lower intensity, I'd really suggest you take your surgeon's advice. Swimming and Pilates will keep you fit and provide a good basis for reintroducing running at a later date.

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He's not advised me not to run he just doesn't recommend running to anyone!

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Not adding much here but a physio once told me that running should be banned. Helpful! <rolls eyes>

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Lol very useful! Some people!

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I have had a knee arthroscopy for a torn cartilage brought on by jive dancing - the arthoscopy didn't work and I have been left with a knee which won't straighten properly and with significant arthritis. However I went to my doctor about this problem and he recommended that I carry on dancing and exercise to make sure the knee stays mobile and flexible and hopefully improve the straightening. I am now on week 2 with no problems, I just make sure that I put something ice cold on the knee once I have finished to reduce swelling and have a nice hot bath as well, and I am leaving 3 or 4 days between runs. Good luck with your running.

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