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been struggling with knee pain recently from running. standard advice is rest, plenty of ice, ice, ice.

I have found the eliptical trainer to work really well to allow me to get a proper workout. Is it possible that this kind of training help alleviate knee pain?

I figure that many of you have experience in this area.

Sun. Oct 25, 11:45am

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When running, my knee pain is often related to an imbalance or tightness somewhere else. Most recently it was related to a tight IT band. I got a foam roller and regularly rolled out that ligament between my hip to just above my knee...poof! No more knee pain! And I've been pain free for 9 months and have run long distances with nary a problem - a first for me!

Other culprits for me: the wrong shoes, running on cambered surfaces (i.e., the side of the road where there is a slight slope to the curb facilitate drainage), and too much too soon.


Sunday, October 25, 2009, 12:04 PM

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Pain is a warning signal. Don't ignore it.

Sunday, October 25, 2009, 6:07 PM

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I would go see a sports medicine doctor, if at all possible. When I started having knee and calf pain, I really didn't want to give up running, but the pain was getting too bad to ignore.

I was afraid a regular doc would tell me to just stop running, so I went to a local sports med clinic. I found out that I'm an overpronator and also fairly knock-kneed. He suggested I get some shoes that work better for my gait and also put me in physical therapy.

The physical therapist also discovered that I have very weak inner thigh muscles and hamstrings; my outer thighs are so much tighter that they actually pull me kneecap off-track, which was causing my knee pain. We've been working on strengthening the weak muscles to correct that.

I've been in PT now for just three weeks, and it has already made a HUGE difference. I now have very little or no pain when I run :)

Sunday, October 25, 2009, 6:14 PM

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I used the elip trainer to workout while waiting for knee to heal..I did go to doc first no pT but did get brace, my knee cap came out of alignment so with the brace I was able to get my workout in ..I did not get this recomendatipn from my doc but I had to do something and I did listen to my bid any pain I would stop for me it actually helped me stand correctly if I was off slouching a bit my knee would hurt...good luck

Sunday, October 25, 2009, 9:21 PM

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this is a study claiming that long distance runners have healthier knees long term!


Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 11:18 AM

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knee pain

I know most people will disagree with this, but my experience with walking is that wearing shoes causes all sorts of pain - knees, back, feet. During the summer I tried to walk about 4 miles 2-3 times a week. A pair of tight fitting, soft flip flops was way more comfortable for me than shoes. My toes and heels were free to splay out and absorb shock. It really felt good.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 10:27 AM

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To 10:27..whatever gets you through the night (or the walk).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 7:09 PM

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