First time on the forum for me. Its been good to read a lot of the posts and see I'm not alone out there!
I'm new to running so apologies if this is a silly question. I am determined to do some knee strengthening exercises as I suffer with a sore right knee. My query is; having found several good exercises to do I'm not clear when to do them? Do I do them on a run day or a recovery day? I run 3 times a week but wasn't sure if recovery days are meant to be complete switch off.
Hope someone can help
Whilst the exercises are good you need to really determine why you are having the pain If you are new to running have you got the correct shoes?You run 3 times a week which is sensible to start withHave you slowly increased your distance?If you are doing strength exercises the I would probably do them on days you are not running to start with but if there is any associated pain then stop and seek help.Shoes may well be the problem if you have not been correctly analysed in a running shop
I used to suffer with knee pain a lot. And as per post above, the cause was a hip drop due to lack of glute stability. (ie I wasn't engaging my right glute when I ran so my right hip was dropping slightly and my knee took the brunt of the pain).
I know this is a common problem with runners, but obivously you'll need a physio to confirm this. But if you are looking for exercises, core and glute strength exercises might help.
I have problems with my knees, been told I have osteoarthritis in my knees though it was only diagnosed last year and when I had it diagnosed I wasn't experiencing any pain, infact the scan which showed the issue was regarding another issue.
I was told that the only thing you could do with a joint problem (aside from,-in the words of the consultant- stop running... ??!) is to build up the muscles around the joint and then train your body to use those muscles over your joints. It then helps take some of the strain away from the joints and they then are not so over used and so then when you have down time are more likely to be able to recover from being used.
Apparently its common for runners to get OA in the knees and hips due to running though there are studies which contradict this but safe to say the medical profession- in my experience do not like runners, they seem to view it as an extreme sport. When I was talking to the physios I may as well have been in A&E asking for help because I had a love for jumping in fires and couldn't understand why my face felt sore...
Many physio's recommend adding some backward running into your training. This apparently strengthens all the muscles you don't use going forwards and puts less pressure on the knee. I found info here that helped me http://reverserunning.com/benefits.aspx
Everyone laughs at me but I haven't had a knee problem since taking up backward running and I used to get it every time I went for a run.
I too am at a loss at the moment with your painfull right knee due to running and tennis.
Can anyone advise some easy simple exercises to help me get back to some sort of normal running without pain. I have a knee brace that certainly helps when running but not with the recovery. Do i need to see a physio to really get to the heart of the problem?
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