Exercise for arthritic knees?

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Last year I sold a Rambo ebike to a guy that was recovering from knee surgery. His doctor had recommended it as a good way to keep moving and use the pedal assist function as much or as little as needed as he progressed. This thread has reminded me that I should follow up and see how he's getting on. I'm only 40 and already feel knee pain going up and down the stairs so I'm not looking forward to that..
 

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True. Arthritis is an ongoing thing. However, be very careful with anti-inflammatory
drugs. Some are nephrotoxic and others hepatotoxic. Kidneys and Liver.
See a good Doc for sure. Ask him about cbd's.
 

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I had my right knee scoped 14 months ago, doing well. But last fall in Montana I couldn't walk as far or fast as I used to. Both 62 year old knees have significant arthritis.

What is an exercise that would reduce arthritic discomfort associated with extended hiking up and down.

Len, I have been dealing with Arthritis, knees, since my mid twenties and there are definitely meds that can help a lot. I currently take three different meds, two of them three times a day. As for exercising I recommend getting an good elliptical. I bought my wife one this past November and I’ve been using 6 days a week 3 miles a day for the last five months preparing for a hunt. My knees swell up like cantaloupes when I run and did swell up initially when I started the elliptical but now although I still deal with discomfort the swelling is minimal and my stamina etc is a lot lot better.
 

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I've had a knee replaced in december 2018. Joined a fitness club and used an ellipictal 4 times a week. Usually do between 5.8 miles to 6.8 miles each trip. I am in better shape than i've been in years. Can climb a ladder do pretty well what i want to. No pain anymore and swelling. Also walk a couple of miles on my treadmill at home each day. For anyone that is having 2nd thoughts and your knee is worn out, try it. I went around with a swelled knee for the last 3 yrs.of my life. Surgeons are up on great technics today. Was down for maybe 2 weeks. Have reaplied to join my old hunting club and resume a normal life.
 

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Not sure if this was mentioned but stem cell therapy can have some real benefits, depending on how advanced your arthritis has become. I couldnt walk and was this close to getting a knee replacement-my MRI showed bone on bone-but tried stem cell treatments and have improved dramatically. If you want more information feel free to PM me.
 

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I am 61, a very avid mountain hunter- live in the Rockies.
I inline skate in the spring and summer and , running is a little difficult now.
Leg strength and cardio is the key to climbing these things. If I lived in a city I would probably climb stairs.
Keep the belly off.
 

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Last year I sold a Rambo ebike to a guy that was recovering from knee surgery. His doctor had recommended it as a good way to keep moving and use the pedal assist function as much or as little as needed as he progressed. This thread has reminded me that I should follow up and see how he's getting on. I'm only 40 and already feel knee pain going up and down the stairs so I'm not looking forward to that..

I have a right knee that get sore quick if I try to walk far on it. More muscle and tendon than the joint, but same result. Just bought an E-bike for the same reason as your customer. Have had it a week and really like the results. Far more fun than riding a stationary one and with the electric motor it makes going up even really steep hills quite doable. No stress on the knees and my knee actually feels better after the ride. Muscles are tired but the knee pain is getting less.
 

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I have a right knee that get sore quick if I try to walk far on it. More muscle and tendon than the joint, but same result. Just bought an E-bike for the same reason as your customer. Have had it a week and really like the results. Far more fun than riding a stationary one and with the electric motor it makes going up even really steep hills quite doable. No stress on the knees and my knee actually feels better after the ride. Muscles are tired but the knee pain is getting less.
Hey Dean2, do you mind me asking which ebike you bought? also, if you ever have any questions or doubts you can reach out. I sell ebikes, but the advice is free :)
 

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Hey Dean2, do you mind me asking which ebike you bought? also, if you ever have any questions or doubts you can reach out. I sell ebikes, but the advice is free :)

I bought the Giant Lafree E +2 bike with a step through frame. I really like the Yamaha motor and having the motor on the cranks makes for very smooth, non-surge type assist. It has more than enough assist to go up fairly steep hills in 3rd gear and I can easily go 80-100 miles on a single charge. I have been riding it pretty regular, at least when it isn't raining too hard, and the more I ride it the better I like it. I can ride 15 to 20 miles per trip very enjoyably. It really is helping strengthen the muscles in my legs and knees and it definitely reduced the stiffness and pain.

The biggest thing I like about this bike is it is comfortable to ride. Seating is quite upright, the seat is large and soft and the handle bars are in easy reach without being bent over. Not an off road version but fine on paved trails, gravel and grass paths. Would not be great in mud or tough going but that isn't where I ride anyhow.

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I bought the Giant Lafree E +2 bike with a step through frame. I really like the Yamaha motor and having the motor on the cranks makes for very smooth, non-surge type assist. It has more than enough assist to go up fairly steep hills in 3rd gear and I can easily go 80-100 miles on a single charge. I have been riding it pretty regular, at least when it isn't raining too hard, and the more I ride it the better I like it. I can ride 15 to 20 miles per trip very enjoyably. It really is helping strengthen the muscles in my legs and knees and it definitely reduced the stiffness and pain.

The biggest thing I like about this bike is it is comfortable to ride. Seating is quite upright, the seat is large and soft and the handle bars are in easy reach without being bent over. Not an off road version but fine on paved trails, gravel and grass paths. Would not be great in mud or tough going but that isn't where I ride anyhow.

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Very Nice. Not at all what I had in my mind. You did good going for a mid drive motor so you feel like you have very powerful legs and not that pushed from behind feeling that rear hub motors give off.
Great to hear it's working out for you.
 

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I know this is an old but relevant thread - any of you guys tried Serrapeptase? I am still in my 30’s, but plagued with sports injuries. Serrapeptase has been amazing.
 

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