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Torn meniscus: cardio workout ideas

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I tore my right medial meniscus about three weeks ago (we'll call it a sparring accident), and am currently waiting to figure out whether it needs to be scoped. I am finally at the point where I can walk up and down stairs without much pain, but I have limited range of motion in the knee and my lateral stability is suspect.

I'm trying to figure out how to get some cardio in, given that I can't jog and have no access to a pool. Anyone have some bright ideas? I'm trying to do the best I can not to turn into a sofa slug in the next three weeks.
post #2 of 9
Isometrics for the most part will be some of the only things you can do. The severity of the tear is the deciding factor -- some people can do stationary cycling, whereas others can barely move.
post #3 of 9
Call your doctor and ask him for his opinion.

There's no use making it worse and if you do, you'll be extremely aggravated.
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Call your doctor and ask him for his opinion.

There's no use making it worse and if you do, you'll be extremely aggravated.

His initial and general advice was not to do anything that stresses the knee until the follow-up appointment I have late next week. I'm just trying to think creatively about how to burn some calories and keep the aerobic capacity up while dealing with a bum knee. If I had access to a pool I'd simply do laps with a pull buoy, but I don't have a pool that I can use.
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Hmm.. There's a machine at my gym called the UBE that's sort of like a bike for the upper arms, which do all of the rotating with varying resitance. Something like that might do the trick.
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Hmm.. There's a machine at my gym called the UBE that's sort of like a bike for the upper arms, which do all of the rotating with varying resitance. Something like that might do the trick.


This is the best option you'll find and a great workout if youy crank up the resistance
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Hmm.. There's a machine at my gym called the UBE that's sort of like a bike for the upper arms, which do all of the rotating with varying resitance. Something like that might do the trick.

+1

And best of luck healing. Keep your chin up!
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+1

And best of luck healing. Keep your chin up!

Thanks. I have no pain when not moving, and the range of motion, while not back to normal, has improved greatly since the injury. Having seen two of the old-timers at my dojo go through knee replacement surgery, I'm not taking any chances. Osteoarthritis FTMFL.

I'm just doing lots of pushups and some feet-planted punching drills with resistance bands.
post #9 of 9
That's what I was going to suggest. If your feet and legs are solid enough to firmly stand in place, then shadow boxing would be a great cardio workout.
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