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post #1 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Bad knees

I've got terrible genetics when it comes to my knees. But i've been pretty rough on them through the years as well. I've been riding and jumping horses for a little over 20 years. I bought jointed stirrups, which was a great decision for my knee health. However; lately i've been having nagging, dull, ongoing pain. I saw an orthopedic specialist/surgeon and he was in a big hurry to do injections. I declined, as he stated that i wouldn't be able to ride for about a week. I manage my weight (which the doctor said was very important), i stay active, and i take 500mg Naproxen when the pain is out of control.
So anyway... I'd like to hear about what you folks take/do for any arthritis pain, knee pain, and whatever else aches from riding/working/being active! I am not opposed to getting injections, I would just like to exhaust other options before i start doing that sort of thing.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 01:07 AM
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Drink cherry juice. Real cherry juice, not a cherry flavored drink. Real honest cherry juice helps.

It's harder to find, it's expensive, but its helped my sorry wrecked body.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 01:17 AM
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I second the cherry juice, I know you can buy it in a thick concentrate at many natural / health food stores. It's good for a lot of things, especially pain related.
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post #4 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 02:48 AM
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Go to a good chiropractor. Often lower joint problems are related to a higher misalignment.
Secondly have ou tried wearing a magnetic bracelet?
Finally Get shoe inserts made for you, this can help a great deal.
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 05:40 AM
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Believe it or not, I have found one thing that works wonders on almost every ache and pain I've ever had, from sprained ankles, misaligned spin, ganglion cysts, and yes, dodgy knees.

Salonpas Patches.

We bought them out of curiousity from one of the (forgive any hints of racism!) cheap asian shops, and we now keep them stocked at all times. They smell very strongly, but they give the most amazing, soothing, cooling menthol feeling. I swear by them. They usually last a couple of hours and, the ones I get at least, aren't expensive.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 11:01 AM
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I'm not at the wrecked knee stage yet but they do give me some problems. One of the biggest things to set my knees off is short stirrups. 15 minutes of riding with the stirrups up and I can't walk for a week. Only way I can ride is have my stirrups so long I can barely get my butt out of the saddle. I know that wont work for a lot of riding styles like the jumping you do. You might try lengthening your stirrups and ride that way for a couple weeks. If that improves your knee pain it might be time to reconsider the type of riding you do.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-03-2013, 04:54 PM
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Glucosamine chondroitin.

I wore my left knee with all those left turns exercising horses on the track. I already have an ortho doc picked out for my eventual knee replacement. He's a rancher and sympathetic to horsemen. But since taking glucosamine, my right knee is fine (it used to creak), and my left knee has less crepitus.
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post #8 of 8 Old 06-04-2013, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to try some of these great ideas... thank you everyone! I'd like to be at a point to where i am not taking the Naproxen anymore as well. So we'll see how this goes!

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