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    Leg excercises for arthritic knees

    The wife unit (41 yrs) is very athletic and lifts regularly but her knees and hips hurt bad enough to keep her from doing any of the normal extension exercises for legs and glutes. Squats and leg extensions are out. Does anyone have suggestions or link to info. for resistance training that could help? Maybe some isometric exercises? TIA
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    Hello I'll share my experience.I had a total hip replacement anterior muscle sparring approach.Night after my surgery i was walking with a walker. 2 days after a cane. Week after no assistance devices. I trained normal up to the surgery. I feel that helped in recovery.,30 days after i was given the green light to train again. I went light the 1st month. Now im back at it full bore. Now on the knees. I get euflexia Shots every 6 months. This helps alot. I also use a sleeve over my bad knee.Some will say avoid the leg extensions. I do them but i don't go down to 90 degree angle on my legs. I go to about 75 degrees. Also my leg extension machine the lower lever is offset out some from the top pads where your knee pits rest, Hopefully this will help. But were all different. This is just my experience.
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    I had surgery on my left knee last march-it was an arthritis clean out surgery. I do all the leg exercises I did before except just not so deep - only to parallel on squats, thrusts, press etc. I work hamstrings separately on their own day to make up for this lack of depth. She needs to develop her leg muscles so that the muscles offload the joint. Btw I leg pressed 500 lbs x 8 tonite.
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    Appreciate the replies. The reduced range of motion mod sounds promising. Any other exercise ideas?
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    I squat with arthritic knees (injury-caused osteo) but, like DM, only make parallel. I do Romanian DLs for hams and standing calf raises with barbell against the squat stand.
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