I have osteoarthritis in my knee - I had to have major surgery in it 20 years ago to reattach torn knee ligaments and now I have arthritis, with bone spurs and my knee is slightly bent inwards.
I've been doing aerobic workouts on the Concept 2 rowing machine. Is this bad for my knee? I don't bend my knee much past 90 degrees when I row, because it's stiff. Also I don't row with the damper set high. I use it with the damper at 2.5 or 3. It doesn't make my knee hurt or stiffen up afterwards.
I asked an orthopedist I'd seen, through his PA. He said he didn't recommend the rowing machine for people with arthritis because it compressed the patello-femoral joint too much.
I'm kind of skeptical about this because it doesn't feel like there's much impact. I'm a woman, I don't row with as much force as a strong guy would - although I do kick pretty hard and I get an intense aerobic workout. Also not doing deep knee bends on the rowing machine seems like it would ease the stress on my knee. Any perspective on this?