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    So, despite all the wonderful successes and healing, my knees are still not happy with me when I walk on uneven ground, and my balance still isn't all that great. Case in point: the past two weeks. Both Saturdays, I managed to wrench my right knee so it bent sideways (two Saturdays ago, it was gopher holes popping up out of nowhere, and the week after it was a skid on gravel), and it's been stiff and sore ever since. I do my best to exercise it, but bending it past a 90-degree angle Just Ain't Happening. And right now I have to be sitting down a lot to write the last draft of my dissertation prospectus, and it stiffens up like whoa ten minutes in.

    It's a huge distraction at a time when I can't afford a distraction. Anyone have any ideas for how to make it un-stiff and un-sore ASAP?
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    Traumeel gel, and arnica. Rest etc.
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    • #3
      Arnica gel will help it heal fast. Alternating heat and ice will help get the blood flowing faster.
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      • #4
        I have used the book The Knee Crisis Handbook with several clients & the results have been great.

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        • #5
          Have you ever tried a strict nightshade free trial? Seems to help many people with joint issues - myself included!
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          • #6
            I was going to say heat and ice as well. And perhaps you could consider changing your workstation to a standing one for a bit ... if that's doable?

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            • #7
              Sorry about the knees. (hug)

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              • #8
                I've never tried it, but my brother SWEARS by foam rollers. Maybe worth a shot?

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                • #9
                  Msm?

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                  • #10
                    Pool therapy. Pretty much just get in a pool and move around. It's super low impact resistance and helps promote good range of motion.
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                    • #11
                      another vote for pool therapy here too, I did quite a lot of aquajogging when I was recovering from a torn calf muscle and it really helped build things up (much more than I expected).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Griff View Post
                        So, despite all the wonderful successes and healing, my knees are still not happy with me when I walk on uneven ground, and my balance still isn't all that great. Case in point: the past two weeks. Both Saturdays, I managed to wrench my right knee so it bent sideways (two Saturdays ago, it was gopher holes popping up out of nowhere, and the week after it was a skid on gravel), and it's been stiff and sore ever since. I do my best to exercise it, but bending it past a 90-degree angle Just Ain't Happening. And right now I have to be sitting down a lot to write the last draft of my dissertation prospectus, and it stiffens up like whoa ten minutes in.

                        It's a huge distraction at a time when I can't afford a distraction. Anyone have any ideas for how to make it un-stiff and un-sore ASAP?
                        1. I recommend you learn how to squat properly and then make absolutely sure you aren't bending your knees incorrectly when you are exercising. Most people get this wrong, and its a side effect of sitting in chairs all the time (see 3).

                        2. Slowly work your way into sitting in a third world squat. To do this start by lowering your chair until you are sitting at parallel, with your feet flat and your back straight (as if you were doing were a back squat to parallel). Then stay sitting like that for as long as possible. Then, later on, lower the seat more, or make a seat out of something, and sit lower down. Keep doing this regularly until you can with butt on a 'chair' about three inches high and have your feet flat on the ground.

                        3. As your doing 2 try and cut down the time you spend sitting in normal chairs. That really weakens your leg muscles and your posterior chain. And it ruins your posture.
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                        • #13
                          Cortisone shots and compressive knee wraps of some description to keep the heat in. Then whatever exercise you choose.
                          Sitting all the time is a killer, I've come to notice this since I've been spending less time on the tools and more time in the office.
                          There's no glory in suffering constant pain - contrary to Nietzsche's spin on it - it actually makes you weaker.
                          Manage the pain and get on with the re-hab.

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                          • #14
                            Please stay away from home ultrasound units. They're ineffective at best and dangerous at worse. I'm about to get my masters degree in occupational therapy and will be licensed in a few months, even then I won't be able to use ultrasound on clients until I get an advanced certification which takes years of additional training and supervised practice. The restrictions are in place to keep me from hurting clients but home health devices like this are woefully unregulated. An inappropriately calibrated ultrasound unit used on the same area for too long can literally burn your tissues internally.

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                            • #15
                              Griff- for relief right now I would elevate and alternate hot/cold.

                              For long term knee health have you ever considered using a bosu ball to help with balance and building of all the small stabilizing muscles in your legs?
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