I DO! I'm now 3 weeks away from my right total knee replacement surgery and am focused on becoming as strong as possible prior to the surgery. This definitely helps with recovery. Even if you are not headed for surgery (and I hope you are not!), strengthening your knees - which means strengthening your legs - may help reduce pain, improve posture, and help you feel in control again.
Having strong knees is NOT "just" about the knee, but about all the muscles that support and interact with the knee.
What happens with your foot, affects your knee!
What happens with your hip affects your knee! and conversely, what happens with your knees affect your feet and hips.
Remember that old song "dem bones"?
...heel bone connected to your ankle bone..
ankle bone connected to your leg bone..
leg bone connected to your knee bone.. thigh bone..hip bone...back bone
That's called the kinetic chain - and each part of your body is reliant on its surrounding parts for smooth function. There are two main things you want for your knee strength..
You'll want to work ALL of these muscle groups to make your knees stronger and more stable.
Over the next 3 weeks, I'll show you specific exercises with videos that will help you get started on these knee strengthening exercises. Stay tuned!
You are half-way there! Shortly, you'll receive an email - if you don't see it, be sure to check your junk folder and then add HealthyKneesCoach to your approved senders. Then respond to the email by clicking the link... and you are in! You'll receive news that will help your knees every month.
To your Healthy and Happy Knees