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Is Exercise Good or Bad for Sore Knees?

By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 09:53 AM

Question: I have recently started to have problems with lower leg and knee pain. My question is: Am I better off elevating and resting my legs, or should I exercise my legs to increase blood flow? Will exercise help or hurt? My age is 74 and I am still working in the construction industry.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Our leg muscles and bone maintain their strength and function through regular activity, but this is possible only when we are able to maintain adequate nutrition, exercise, and good general health. When possible, exercise is the best way to go.
 
Arthritis is the most common cause of limb discomfort, but you should consult a doctor to be sure your pain is not caused by a lack of circulation, or another condition. At age 74, age-related health issues may play a role in limb pain.
 
Obviously clots and blood vessel disorders require rapid care and management. Less well-defined aches and pains may relate to electrolyte imbalances, a thyroid disorder, or even as an unintended medication or supplement side effect.
 
In any case, see your doctor to be sure you address your pain wisely. It would be a shame if you inadvertently neglected a correctable condition such as a leg clot and had to suffer a more serious outcome. Pain should be a call to your attention.
 
Usually, pain related to arthritis will worsen with joint motion and is often associated with joint swelling. Pain related to circulation will often go away with rest, and worsen with exercise early on.

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