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Finally! A diagnosis

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Good morning, Sparkfriends-
After hearing a lot of people ask "How do you know it's arthritis?" I finally made an appointment for my knee pain. I have patellofemoral syndrome. The Dr tells me-you need to strengthen your quads, how do you do that? I replied squats and he said NO (quite emphatically, I might add)...He gave me one stretching exercise to do, but other than squats, how do I strengthen my quads??? I have taken the squats and lunges off of my list of strength exercises I do-does anyone have any idea what I can replace them with? Thanks for any advice you can give!!
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    My doctor recommended biking to strength my quads.
    1168 days ago
    @SIMCYN- I'm the opposite, I hate lunges but love squats! emoticon
    1169 days ago
    I did a search for patellofemoral syndrome exercises and found a lot... most without squats...so there must be something to that. It must irritate the problem. The good news with your diagnosis is that it seems like with the exercises.. it is curable as long as the cartilage isn't damaged too severely. Not arthritis.

    I am thinking that I must have had this because my knees were horrible.. but now after upping my exercise so much... they don't. It's a good thing I hate squats and avoid them with a passion... it seems as if they would have made things worse. I love having an excuse not to do them.
    1169 days ago
    Thanks, I will check them out!
    1169 days ago
    Spark Fitness and Spark TV have several suggestions. (unfortunately including squats)
    1169 days ago
    I did, too-I was shocked when he told me no.
    1169 days ago
    No, I thought squats would be it...
    1169 days ago
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