Knee pain options

Discussion in 'Physical Training For Mountain Hunting And Backpac' started by Elkeater, Nov 30, 2019.

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  1. DCAN

    DCAN Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Forgot to mention this in the earlier post. Look at a "Cryo-Cuff". Looks like a knee brace but is set up to circulate ice cold water from a cooler. Water circulates through the brace. I've used one after the last couple surgeries. It's an amazing device. In about 15 min. the knee is as cold as a quarter of elk that's been hanging in the cooler for a day. Takes away swelling and pain. The web site has "cuffs" for most parts of the body.
  2. HRM Johnny

    HRM Johnny Active Member

    Nov 13, 2019
    My two cents: If you were going to do ibuprofen do NOT drink alcohol with it.Check with an MD.

    this is also true of most drugs-but some drugs are much worse when combined with alcohol.
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  3. D-mon

    D-mon Active Member

    Aug 11, 2003
    Plenty of valid points. If you think you want to get back into running, try barefoot running or running with minimalist shoes . You will have to relearn to run using these. Your calves will hurt a lot at the beginning. But it should help with your knee pain.
  4. RobKen

    RobKen New Member

    May 20, 2014
    Just a note on joint maintenance generally, it's useful to have chicken soup (made from a whole chicken, keeping all the fatty stuff which floats on top) or, take a spoonful of animal gelatin purchased from a health food store each day. The gelatin is promoted as an aid to gut health but it also lubricates all the joints. Some say you will never need a knee or hip replacement if you do this. The natural anti-inflammatories such as glucosamine and turmeric are also beneficial in other ways as well.
  5. okie man

    okie man Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2013
    I love this guy!
  6. crazyhorse

    crazyhorse Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Went through almost your exact same scenario before my elk hunt this year. Been athletic and in physically demanding environments all of my adult life. As age and wear continue to add up, my right knee went into full protest mode about 2 months before my hunt.
    Went to my ortho and he did an X-ray that showed no damage but significant wear and scar tissue (had surgery on same knee in my 20's). Told him I didn't have time or copay money for the BS physical therapy. He's a cool Doc and understood, he gave me a prescription for anti-inflammatories and advised to substitute running for some other form of cardio.
    I switched to a recumbent bike and along with the medicine, my knee started feeling a ton better. Went on my elk hunt and killed a great bull that required one hell of a pack out all by foot. My guide and I were joking at every break because HE was the one who had to stop and rest!:D
  7. fiftybmg

    fiftybmg Well-Known Member

    May 16, 2016
    You need a specialist to confirm if the knees are damaged or not. Then go for a second opinion.

    There is no exercise to fix damaged knees.

    You mention gym in earlier years. The best way to damage knees in the gym is to incline leg press with heavy weight, with the feet in the wrong position which results in a torsion stress in the knee joints.
  8. Lycanit

    Lycanit Well-Known Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    MRI is your only option. Get an orthopedist at your trust that other people recommend follow what he feels. Tell him what you're wanting to do you could do chicken fat and extend it out for several months.
  9. 26Reload

    26Reload Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2016
    When i can stay on an exercise regimen I seize up quite quickly.....this is my best friend when that happens....i take it with me on road trips or hunting trips.....doesnt smell too bad...but boy does it feel cold when I spray it on...... 1203190751.jpg
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  10. Hhardrockminer

    Hhardrockminer Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2019
    Just my .02, But you may want to try the CBD oil.
    I have friends with lots pain from being older, medical reasons and needing this or that and have found some relief from CBD oil.
    It sounded crazy to me but they swear by the stuff for relief from the pain they suffer. Never hurts to try!!
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