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Weight loss shouldn't be the first recommendation for knee problems

If a doctor tells you to lose weight to solve your knee problems, either find another doctor or ask them what advice they'd give a thin person with the same knee problems.

I recommend reading the comments for both facebook links and the dances with fat link.

The overview is that knee problems have many causes, and careful examination and physical therapy are the best starting points for people of all weights. Evidence that weight doesn't necessarily matter is that there are people who have the same knee problems at a variety of weights, and people with congenital knee problems who have relatives of various weights with the same problem.

Medical neglect of fat people is a serious thing-- they are frequently told to lose weight to solve problems and not given other treatment, including problems which aren't conceivably related to weight. In many cases, fat people suffer for decades from problems which are easily solved when they get proper treatment-- or find out that the problem can no longer be solved. The worst case I know of in at the Dances with Fat link-- a fat woman whose back pains turned out to be bone cancer, and it was too late.

I'm not going to say losing weight never works-- it may have done my knees some good*-- but a lot of the time, it doesn't work, and other solutions do work.

*Hard to tell-- it might have been the qi gong.




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green leaves

Keeping your knees safe during tai chi

These are all good advice, and mostly not overlapping.

Release your perineum, let your weight drop through your knees into your feet, don't let your knees go past your feet (maybe not much past your ankles), have your knees pointing in the same direction as your feet, take your weight off your foot when you're turning it, respect your capacities.

Speaking from experience, you can't necessarily trust that you have an accurate idea of what you're doing with your knees. A mirror, a camera, a teacher, and/or humble efforts to increase awareness are good ideas.

The kwa is the fold at the hip.





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Joint stuff

First off, it turns out that I'd been misinforming people about nightshades. There's some evidence (less than I'd thought) that not eating nightshades can help a lot with arthritis. However, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants are nightshades. Contrary to what I'd been saying peppers (hot and sweet) are not nightshades. They do (unless I'm wrong again) have the alkaloids which might make arthritis worse, but less of them.

Tomorrow night (May 14), Global Teleclasses is offering a free class about Secret of Injury & Pain-Free Intelligent Performance: Joint Mobility from Scott Sonnen. I'd done some stuff from his books and liked it enough to consider the class worth trying.

I have some personal experience with joint issues, but not much as such things go. I get some flack from my knees, probably as a result of medium-sized injuries. Glucosamine has helped (I couldn't tell a difference between chondroitin and sulfate). The Five Tibetan Rites, a sort of cross between yoga and calesthenics, have done them a lot of good. I needed <a href="http://www.amazon.com/10-Minute-Rejuvenation-Plan-Revolutionary-Exercise/dp/0307347176>The 10-Minute Rejuvenation Plan: T5T: The Revolutionary Exercise Program That Restores Your Body and Mind</a> to learn them properly. After I'd been doing them a while, I noticed that the muscles around my knees felt stronger, and going down stairs became generally not a problem. Recently, I'd been getting pain from a joint in my left index finger. I've never injured it and I don't overuse it. I've found that moderate amounts of gentle movement (using my right hand to move the joint a bunch of times) has cleared up the problem. I'm not saying that all arthritis can be cured with alternative methods, but there's a lot of cheap safe stuff that can be worth a try.