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Jan 13, 2021 20:23:02   #
gunflint Loc: Rocky Mountain High, Colorado
 
Hello, I hope some of you can offer me suggestions on this topic. In the last 18 months I have had both of my knees replaced. I am recovering fine but my problem is I can't kneel on the ground or floors or even carpet. I think it will always be somewhat painful. I used to kneel on one knee quite often when taking photos free hand as it seemed to stabilize me more than just standing and also there are many times I wanted the lower composition.

So my question is does anyone experience the same problem and have you found any really soft knee pads that seem to work? Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!

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Jan 13, 2021 20:26:19   #
PixelStan77 Loc: Vermont/Chicago
 
gunflint wrote:
Hello, I hope some of you can offer me suggestions on this topic. In the last 18 months I have had both of my knees replaced. I am recovering fine but my problem is I can't kneel on the ground or floors or even carpet. I think it will always be somewhat painful. I used to kneel on one knee quite often when taking photos free hand as it seemed to stabilize me more than just standing and also there are many times I wanted the lower composition.

So my question is does anyone experience the same problem and have you found any really soft knee pads that seem to work? Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!
Hello, I hope some of you can offer me suggestions... (show quote)


I would ask the doctor who did your knee replacements what brand product he would suggest.

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Jan 13, 2021 20:29:37   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
Two paths - for Contractors or Tactical for Military. Had quite a good pair of the former which I gave to a lifesaver Furnace repair man (who was working with an injury), can't recall the brand. Got at Lowes or Home Depot. The Contractors models are a good bit less pricey than Tactical.

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Jan 13, 2021 20:43:03   #
Dave327 Loc: Duluth, GA. USA
 
I have worked in construction 50+years. About 25 years ago I started using knee pads. Do not get cheap models. The ones I still use are hard shell type with thick padding (HD or Lowes). Also, stay off your knees as much as possible. I take to sitting on by butt a lot. I also have 2 wheeled stools I still use on jobs. I custom built one to my exact needs from parts. The week point on many is the wheels. Northern Tool carries several types. I have had orthoscopic surgery on my left knee twice and right knee once. At 74 I have been pain free for years.

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Jan 13, 2021 20:53:10   #
quixdraw Loc: American Free States -- Montana
 
Dave327 wrote:
I have worked in construction 50+years. About 25 years ago I started using knee pads. Do not get cheap models. The ones I still use are hard shell type with thick padding (HD or Lowes). Also, stay off your knees as much as possible. I take to sitting on by butt a lot. I also have 2 wheeled stools I still use on jobs. I custom built one to my exact needs from parts. The week point on many is the wheels. Northern Tool carries several types. I have had orthoscopic surgery on my left knee twice and right knee once. At 74 I have been pain free for years.
I have worked in construction 50+years. About 25 y... (show quote)


The cart idea is brilliant - forgot, my mother used one for gardening before we built raised beds. There are very good, stable, comfortable ones from the better Gardening suppliers.

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Jan 13, 2021 21:05:01   #
lowkick Loc: Connecticut
 
I know your (knee) pain. I have the same problem. Try something like these. https://smile.amazon.com/Professional-Knee-Pads-Work-Construction/dp/B07SM7SXSJ/ref=dp_prsubs_1?pd_rd_i=B07SM7SXSJ

The hard outer shell is important because it insures that you won't be affected by unseen stones or other debris that you would feel through pads without the hard shell.

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Jan 13, 2021 21:24:07   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
gunflint wrote:
Hello, I hope some of you can offer me suggestions on this topic. In the last 18 months I have had both of my knees replaced. I am recovering fine but my problem is I can't kneel on the ground or floors or even carpet. I think it will always be somewhat painful. I used to kneel on one knee quite often when taking photos free hand as it seemed to stabilize me more than just standing and also there are many times I wanted the lower composition.

So my question is does anyone experience the same problem and have you found any really soft knee pads that seem to work? Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!
Hello, I hope some of you can offer me suggestions... (show quote)


I use these when skiing. I ski telemark style and am often off-piste - off trail in the woods - and the style involves some deep knee bends, when the knees are exposed to rocks and tree stumps and such. These have saved my knees more than a few times. The articulation works to keep them in place through a very extreme range of motion - from standing tall to genuflecting where the knee often touches the ground.

https://www.backcountry.com/black-diamond-telekneesis-kneepad

They fit well, stay put, and very comfortable. But I still have OEM knees.

I've not had good results with the $19 contractor specials. They are not articulated like the skiing ones - so they don't really stay put. More of a pain to use.

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Jan 13, 2021 21:27:47   #
Country Boy Loc: Beckley, WV
 
I have the professional knee pads that I use in my crawl space and they are good. However if you are walking a lot they may not be comfortable. I don't know how it would work but sporting goods stores carry a padded seat that clips to your belt in the back so that if you sit on a log etc. you have a dry and soft seat. Something like this may be handy. It is behind you until you need it and would be a lot more comfortable that wearing a true knee pad.

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Jan 13, 2021 22:58:18   #
gunflint Loc: Rocky Mountain High, Colorado
 
I SINCERELY APPRECIATE ALL OF THE WONDERFUL SUGGESTIONS! I WILL LOOK INTO ALL OF THEM AND HOPEFULLY FIND ONE THAT WORKS FOR ME.

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!

DAVE

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Jan 14, 2021 06:05:31   #
Gasman57 Loc: NYC
 
gunflint wrote:
Hello, I hope some of you can offer me suggestions on this topic. In the last 18 months I have had both of my knees replaced. I am recovering fine but my problem is I can't kneel on the ground or floors or even carpet. I think it will always be somewhat painful. I used to kneel on one knee quite often when taking photos free hand as it seemed to stabilize me more than just standing and also there are many times I wanted the lower composition.

So my question is does anyone experience the same problem and have you found any really soft knee pads that seem to work? Any ideas would be very much appreciated.

Thanks!
Hello, I hope some of you can offer me suggestions... (show quote)

When I started my job over 30 years ago the first thing the old timers said was to use your knee pads. As a kid I ignored them because I was able to kneel without pain. Fast forward 20 years and I had surgery on both knees. The sad part of the story is my employer made good knee pads available for free. They had a hard shell on the outside with foam on the inside using velcro. I use them today and cannot kneel without them. After my surgery I was now telling the newbies to use pads. The cycle still continues.

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Jan 14, 2021 06:16:27   #
AtomicZ Loc: Bucks County, Pa.
 
I had bilateral knee replacement 8 yrs ago, have tried every type of knee pad at Lowe’s, nothing is comfortable. My surgeon told me back then, that you should not kneel, there is a lot of scar tissue and that’s what you are kneeling on. If you ca find or make something that when you kneel, your weight is placed on your shin, you will be okay.

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Jan 14, 2021 06:37:31   #
Triple G
 
You’re not alone.

https://www.verywellhealth.com/is-kneeling-possible-after-knee-replacement-2552050

Let’s invent something using memory foam and go on Shark Tank!

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Jan 14, 2021 07:33:53   #
joehel2 Loc: Cherry Hill, NJ
 
It’s no medical supply store but Home Depot has a big display and variety of knee pads. You have to get in the habit of never, not even for a second, let your knee touch the ground without the knee pad on. I hope you find something that works for you.

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Jan 14, 2021 08:13:08   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Dave327 wrote:
I have worked in construction 50+years. About 25 years ago I started using knee pads. Do not get cheap models. The ones I still use are hard shell type with thick padding (HD or Lowes). Also, stay off your knees as much as possible. I take to sitting on by butt a lot. I also have 2 wheeled stools I still use on jobs. I custom built one to my exact needs from parts. The week point on many is the wheels. Northern Tool carries several types. I have had orthoscopic surgery on my left knee twice and right knee once. At 74 I have been pain free for years.
I have worked in construction 50+years. About 25 y... (show quote)


Right on about the contractor’s knee pads.

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Jan 14, 2021 08:38:27   #
EdJ0307 Loc: out west someplace
 
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