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Hello, this is Dr. David. I have read your question and am ready to help.this is a tough situation. I think your weight is keeping your knee from healing up faster than it shouldyou really need to get into a swimming pool and start to do some water aerobic exercises 4-5 times a week and dieting as well to start loosing weight. this is the only way you will be able to burn calories while not straining your knees so much. exercising in a pool can help support your weight while giving your body some resistance. and after exercising everyday, you need to ice your knee down to decrease swelling and inflammation. this will help the healing process. also you should get your thyroid levels checked to see if they are low which can be part of your weight issue.
also you should get an MRI scan of your knee. if your knee has been hurting for this long, an MRI scan would help give your doctors a look at the torn meniscus and see if it is healing properly. is there a pool close to you were you can get into a water aerotics program? does this help?do you have other questions?
Thank you. I can find some water aerobic classes, but I really don't think I will enjoy them. Is there any other type of exercise you could suggest that might help me?
After exercising, do I just need to ice my knee once? Should I take ibuprofen as well, or only if my knee is in alot of pain?
I've seen knee compression braces in stores, and I've wondered if that could help, or if that could make my knee worse somehow?
Would using weight lifting machines, like leg press, leg extension, and leg curls be OK. I know those would strengthen the muscles, but if I started using those machines would they affect the meniscus healing?
Is there any medicine, like glucosamine chondroitin, that might help it heal?
I see that compression braces appear to have 2 different types - ones with holes over the middle of the knee and others that don't. Would one type be better or worse for my knee if I wanted to try it?
I know how to lose weight (I've done it before, but I recently gained weight again). But it's been very difficult this time around, since after taking a walk my knee will hurt for a few days and I get frustrated. Would the shoes affect how me knee feels or hurts due to walking? If so, any pointers to what to look for in shoes that might be good for my knee?
I had a few questions regarding icing my knee. If I can't ice my knee shortly after exercising, is it still effective or helpful to ice it when I can (even if it is several hours later)? Should I also ice it after lifting weights? And would icing it even on days I don't exercise help as well?Thanks so much for all your help!
One more question - if I want to take a warm shower, it is OK to shower before or after icing my knee? Is there any difference if I shower before or after icing?
Would elevating my knee while icing make a significant difference? If yes, does only elevating above the heart help, or does any elevation help?