Have you tried any work on a stationary bike? You could progressively add resistance on the bike until they are able to do more weight bearing exercise. You could also do some intervals on the bike to train different energy systems (15 seconds on, 15-30 off, repeat).
Other than that you should look into getting some r-Loop bands. You can have them work against the resistance of the elastic band while laying down on a table. I would just work on progressing them to be able to do weight bearing exercises.
My favorite exercises for those with knee pain: hip abduction and adduction movements (clam shells), step-ups to low box (focus on weight in heels), and static holds in squat stance or balance work on uneven surface.
For cardio reverse incline treadmill walking (focus on stride length/smoothness), recumbent cycling, and rowing.
For strength sxercises start with hip/knee stabilization exercises: clams, standing hip drops, bridges, cable hip extension, supine pelvic tilts,and trx assisted box sits at 120 degrees of knee flexion.
Those are some of the basics. Unless you know the specific causes of the knee pain (PFPS, meniscus damage, etc) it is better to ensure that the knee is supported from all sides.
Hello Sarah Martinez,
I would concentrate on how they are eating and don’t get dehydrated.
I assume you mean exercise: so, I would follow up from doctor and physical therapist work. Then do eccentric bodyweight moves with no resistance. If many things aggravate, then you will want to stick with decompression ROM work to remain flexible and mobile, slowly working up to resistance/eccentric work when pain is nonexistent for at least a week. Go slowly, do not work through pain. Pain is the signal to take care of that area. Let them heal in their own time. You may need to limit the ROM for now; that helps. Don’t go after the victim/knee, work on the hips and ankles, then rest of body. Try full body self myofascial release; but, not directly on the pains.
Get doctor approval first and exercises from physical therapist.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
May be able to work on elliptical machine, elliptical machine is non-impact on knee joints and it help’s with range of movement.I like to use leg bands and do abduction and abduction exercises which will help develop the abductor and adductor muscles and the lateral and medial areas of the knee.Leg extensions can be done which will help the hip ex tensor muscles, then do knee flexion movements which would help hip flexors. Cycling may help as well. If area hurts when doing an exercise then do not do that particular exercise