Alleviating knee pain with exercise

Alleviating knee pain with exercise

Q: I have a fair amount of pain in my knee but do not want surgery.

Wanda S., Glendale, California

A: First, go and see an orthopedist and find out what causes the pain.

You may just need rest and ice and/or heat, anti-inflammatory pain medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen, or a brace to relieve pain and swelling while your knee is healing.

Your goal is to make your quads, hamstrings and ass muscles stronger.

Do no workouts without talking to your orthopedist first.

They engage all of those muscle groups with minimal knee strain.

They also alleviate knee pain, and enhance stability and flexibility.

Q: Together, we get a petition to end smoking outside of one of the new malls in our area.

I hate secondhand smoke, and particularly children's exposure.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 7,000 toxic chemicals in the smoke from a burning cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers and about 70 of these can cause cancer.

Secondhand smoke is directly associated with more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome for children.

It is associated with coronary heart disease in adults, a 20-30% increase in risk of stroke, and 7,300 deaths from lung cancer among U.S. non-smokers annually.

We know that toxins can be transmitted into your lungs by third-hand smoke in upholstery, walls, clothing and hair.

Researchers discovered a new villain: after smoke.

They call this "butt emissions" after smoke. Smokers generate more than 5 trillion butts annually worldwide and there has been concern about their effect on wildlife and the environment, but so far nobody has looked at what the airborne emissions from those piles of butts in the ashtray were doing to humans outside the front door of a store or in your car.

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