Mike, Suffolk asked:
How can people with hip problems do cardiovascular exercise?
Lorraine - There are exercises that you can do using your arms and the rest of your body that will generate aerobic activity. So, I donít think itís the case that people who can't move very easily can't do any exercise. Itís more difficult if you can't, but I certainly think that you can lift weights and do exercises with the upper part of your body that would help to increase your cardiovascular health.
Ben - I think there must be a range of physiotherapy things you could do. I certainly see people using hand bikes where you pedal along, but instead of using your feet, you're using your hands.
Lorraine - Yes.
And, of course, many of the wheelchair racers are extraordinary athletes.
Swimming sounds like your best option. Even moving the muscles in your legs a bit shouldn't put too much stress on the hip and ball joint when you're in the water. I don't know how severe your hip problem is, but if you're not in danger of a fracture from falling, cross country skiing is fairly gentle on the hips (compared to the pounding effect of running or aerobics.) cheryl j, Sun, 7th Oct 2012
I am restricted from exercise which moves my blood pressure up from 60 pulse rate for extended periods of time because it send my heart into DIASTOLIC HEART FAILURE.. I ALSO HAVE REALLY BADLY WORN OUT SHOULDER ROTATOR CUP PROBLEMS SOME TEARS AND HUGE BONE SPURS IN MY SHOULDER WITH THE SEVERE LYME ARTHRITIS IN BOTH SHOULDERS AS WELL AS VERY SEVERE CRIPPLING LYME ARTHRITIS IN BOTH MY HIPS. IT HAS ME IN A DILEMA BECAUSE I HAVE VERY LITTLE TO NO USE OF MY LEFT ARM... AND 3 WEEKS AGO, I FELL OUT OF MY VAN INTO MY SONS DRIVEWAY FROM THE BACK SEAT SIDE ENTRANCE WITH NO STEPS.. I MISJUDGED, AND MY THE DEPTH PERCEPTION WAS OFF I FELL OUT AND SMASHED MY SELF UP REALLY BADLY.. HIPS CHEST, SHOULDERS, BREASTS, ELBOW, AND I BROKE MY WRIST IN A COUPLE PLACES TH SURGEON JUST DID MORE X-RAYS, HE THERE IS ANOTHER BREAK IN MY UPPER ARM ALSO.. I NEED SURGERY AND AM AWAITING AND ANSWER FROM MY CARDIAC DOCTORS AT STANDFORD.. NOW I TAKE AN SENIOR WATER AEROBICS CLASS THAT I DO TO EXERCISE, AGAINST MY DOCTORS BETTER JUDGMENT THESE DAYS, BUT I HAVE NO CHOICE BECAUSE WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO BARE WEIGHT ON MY SHOULDERS MY WALKER AND CANES HAVE BECOME BASICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO USE BEARING I AM ON A HUGE AMOUNT OF PAIN RELIEVERS AND NEED THE SAME ADVICE BECAUSE FOR AN INDEFINITE AMOUNT OF TIME i WILL BE STUCK 24 SEVEN BASICALLY IN MY POWER CHAIR WHICH IN ITSELF IS HARD TO CONTROL RIGHT NOW IN MY CURRENT SSSTATE,, i NEED SOME KIND OF ACTIVITY...ANY HELP??? Karen W., Thu, 11th Oct 2012
update.. My arm is healing slowly but deformed because he did not want to do the long surgery so he has made me a hard spint after they removed my third cast.. The ulna bone y fracture/ healed properly but no sign of healing of the radius bone.. As of 3 weeks ago.. But as of this week I am using my arm lightly with and without the brace.. So back to the pool I will go. In the mean time I had engaged in chair aerobics.. Exercises that are done while sitting or being supported by a chair, depending on the nature of your particular disabilities you can do a real variety of exercises that help upper and lower body as well as tummy... If you want some examples feel free to shoot me a message and I will be glad to share some of them with anyone interested... Good luck to you! Karen W., Sun, 23rd Dec 2012