Knee pain – THR was July 1, 2020

Hey everyone, thanks for all of the comments and input on my initial post in August.  I started doing some light and short jogs during September, always alternating with walks. I also do some biking, swimming, strength and core work. I had no issues so I increased my slow run segments. I experimented with different run/walk segments as I felt some pain mainly in the groin area during and after longer run segments. I communicated with a long time running coach who felt I was doing way too much so I backed down considerably about a month ago. I am now doing either 2 min runs alternated with 1 min walks, or 1 min runs alternated with 30 second walks and doing over 60 minutes of running every other day.  Yes it is a lot of segments but it is still very enjoyable to do some type of running. My issue recently is I recently began to feel pain and stiffness in my right knee. Not so much when I am running but afterwards, particularly if I am sitting for awhile. I have been doing some light weights with my legs (leg extensions and leg curls) to see if strengthening it will help but so far it is not improving it. Have any of you ever had pain/stiffness in the knee below your THR? If so, what did you do to relieve it? Thanks in advance for your input.

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      runnergreg
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      Hey everyone, thanks for all of the comments and input on my initial post in August.  I started doing some light and short jogs during September, alwa
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      Dave Whiteside
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      Sounds like you’re taking a sensible approach. Don’t worry about the pain for now, the main thing is that you’re listening to your body and not over doing it. Squats, lunges (forward and backward), bridges, planks, clams are all things you can do at home, 5 minutes each day or so will help.

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      Hip Brother Tom
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      Hi Runnergreg.

      Yes. I agree with Dave. Listen to your body and don’t overdo it. If I had to guess, the knee is overcompensating for the new hip and you are experiencing the effects of that. Take it easy and give your knee a rest…..in time hopefully, this will go away.

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      runnergreg
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      Hey guys, thanks for the input. I am happy to report that the knee pain has pretty much gone away. And I have increased the number of run/walk intervals as well as the number of days per week I am doing run/walk. The 1 min run/30 second walk interval seems to have worked really well. I am going to try to move to 1.5 min run/30 second walk intervals and see how I react to that. I am still sticking with the cross training small amounts of biking, rowing maching, core work, swimming. I am happy to be able to do some type of running again so I plan to monitor myself closely, in an effort to not do too much. Thanks again! Greg

    • #19157
      RUNNERRON
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      Hi, my THR occured July 1,2020 also. I’m 71 with 40+ yrs running, tri’s, and having fun doing it all. I had a bike accident April 28th and all that was discovered was a slightly fractured clavicle. My hip was xrayed also but “missed”…. ahem! Two months later I got my demanded mri and a week later the THR. My recovery went well and when I was able to I began a vigiorus walking program. After about four great, pain free weeks I began having significant knee pain at the tibial plateau. Xrays indicated possible arthritis there. Prior to the accident I had no pain with the knee. After several appointments with my surgeon and his “Duh” opinion he suggested I take meloxicam 15 mg for pain control. That was Oct. 30. I had much less pain 2 days later but this drug has not fixed the problem, mearly masked it. I began a walk-run (slow awkward jog) mid Nov. with no hip pain and “comfortable” knee tolerance. I am currently trying 100 +- yard walking followed by either 2 or 3 tenths of a mile old man survival shuffling totaling 3 miles of “running” three days a week. After 8 months of lost running my gait is awkward and leg muscle atrophy and aerobic fitness is very disheartening. Your program of using time rather than distance for training sounds attractive and I think it will be a better restart for me. Well, perhaps for as long as the meloxicam lasts…😳

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