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How exercise saved my clicky knees (but I should have started sooner)

It’s the best money I ever spent. About fifty bucks a week but worth it.

Here’s what I spend it on. Hearing one clear sound after another. I’m in a modified Pilates class and I can hear cracks, followed by clicks. Pretty sure it’s all coming from me.

The teacher says, don’t do anything which hurts, let’s ease back in slowly. I have no alternative. Three weeks away from the gym and from this particular Pilates class and it’s like all the oil has drained out of the sump.

To save ourselves knee trouble later (or to help ourselves out of it) the main thing we can focus on is becoming active.
To save ourselves knee trouble later (or to help ourselves out of it) the main thing we can focus on is becoming active.CREDIT:ISTOCK

While Australians used to rush off to “get their knees done”, now the trend is to exercise and that’s based on the latest reviews of the medical research. As Romina Brignardello-Petersen and colleagues wrote in the British Medical Journal: “Over the long term, patients who undergo knee arthroscopy versus those who receive conservative management strategies do not have important benefits in pain or function.”

And what is a conservative management strategy? Exercise, exercise and more exercise. The squats, the foam rolling, putting your left foot in and your left foot out.  Getting stronger. Stretching. Kill me.

Published by the Sun Herald to read more open the attached link https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/how-exercise-saved-my-clicky-knees-but-i-should-have-started-sooner-20200204-p53xqf.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1sNDutD9lON3dIKFVL0Sh0z3hRtLduUERAX04002wUznEySQkpQ1O3e2Q#Echobox=1581074102

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