Avoiding knee injury?

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24/03/2006 at 08:20
Hi,

I just started running a couple of weeks ago, following a walk/run training plan. In short, I have bad knees. In a bit more detail, I have the beginnings of osteoporosis, relatively weak muscles (although I think they're fairly well balanced since the months of physio), and some undiagnosed form of arthritis in my knees. I've been told I have a bursa, and the tendons that attach to the top of my tibia get painful. My knees often swell up (regardless of whether I'm walking, cycling or running) and I sometimes get a mild, but rather sharp and persistant pain behind my kneecaps.

I've got myself a pair of trainers, as recommended by a running shoe specialist, but I was wondering what else people might suggest to avoid injury? (Unfortunately I have to road/pavement run, since I live in the middle of a city)

Thanks!
-Meghann
24/03/2006 at 09:07
Try putting heel pads in shoes and once a week drive out the city and run on nice soft trail.
24/03/2006 at 09:13
I suffered from the same knee pains when I was in my early twenties. After a game of football I could barely walk the next day and walking up or down stairs was very painful. The doc suggested I take Glucosamine which I think help your body grow healthy cartilidge.

I took it for about 6-8months and I havent had a problem since evn when Ive gone for a long run or played a lot of football. It may help, it may not but its work asking the doc what they think of it.
24/03/2006 at 10:07
Squats - unweighted at first & then build up to weighted.

These are probably one of the single best exercises one can do - really good for knees as they develop supporting muscles. Good form is very important though so you may want to get starting advice in a gym, or watch yourself in a mirror at first

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