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Here come the ailments: dodgy knees

Hello everyone, and especially all you knee experts.

I'm a bit worried about my knees. They've been kinda stiff for the last year or so. And every now and then I get a shooting pain in them when I move – which has also happened on a few of my runs so far.

Yesterday I did the first Week 2 run and today my knees feel really stiff. I can feel some tension in all my body (especially upper legs and back) which I suppose is just the after-math of exercise but my knees are worrying me.

Anyone got experience with that? When should I consult a doctor to get the knees checked? And are there ways to protect dodgy knees? I bought well-cushioned running shoes which I was told will be good for the knees but anything else I can do?

Have a great week, everyone!

Marie

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If you have had knee issues for a year and occasionally have shooting pain in them, the right time to consult a doctor was about a year ago. But failing that, book in now.

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Get professional help!! All shoes or knee-supports are likely to do at this stage is to mask some of the symptoms (at best). Shooting pains = STOP RUNNING. A bit of an ache now again is okay. Pain is not. Pain is your body telling you that something is wrong.

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After consulting your physician, and getting their go-ahead, do these exercises daily:

nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/k...

An alternative would be to spend the money that you've reserved for your next pair of trainers with a qualified sports physiotherapist. They'll be able to help you understand the pain and recommend then necessary strengthening exercises.

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I hear ya! Doctors appointment booked.

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Hi I was advised by a 70 year old about his solution it sounds different but stick with it. It involves cleaning your teeth 🤔 in the morning stand on your left leg only whilst you clean your teeth then swap to your right at night. the idea is whilst you cleaning your teeth you are providing slight movement and strengthening your joints. it worked for me. good luck

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Wow. I'll give that a try!

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Yea see a GP, we are lucky in this country as your first 3 physio appoitments are free and should provide you with some knee strengthening exercises.

I ruptured my crutiate ligaments twice about 6 years ago and had ACL (anterior crutiate ligament) reconstruction which limited my range of movement in my knee to about 80%, and I could not walk or run, after not bothering with rehab and running for 3-4 consistently o would say the pain and fragilness of the knee has gone and I have some more range of movement, which goes to show you don’t need the NHS and training can help improve the knee.

Just obviously don’t over do it. I also get sharp pains where the bones get caught behind some ligaments they ferked about with but that is also going.

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That sounds painful! I'm very aware that I should look after my knees. Damaging them would stop me from running (or most other things) and I really don't wanna do that. I hope the GP will give a damn about it tomorrow.

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From my experience a longer warm up and stretching helps before exercising and I find anti-inflammatories work half an hour before a day"s walking.

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My knee still gets inflamed and I use a need compression band.

I also find that if I take omega-3 it aids in recovery after a treatment of them, I use the vegan ones from boots own brand as they say it’s good for joints like oiling machine parts and shit

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