#1
Hey there, I'm a student of culinary arts and I like this course a lot.However, it's been bothering me that the nature of this job requires me to stand while working. This is a really big problem because my knees feel pain fast. It's a kinda passed down thing. My dad too has this problem.Is there anything I can do for my knees?Or should I just change to a new course?I really hope I can stick to the original plan of becoming a chef.
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#3
get your knees checked out, hopefully something can be done

if you really like to chef, you should do it
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get your knees checked out, hopefully something can be done

if you really like to chef, you should do it



do you mean "if you like to cook"?
#5
i was going along with his thread title
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#6
if you have knee problems now, imagine how it's going to be when you're 50..

but yeah, see some doctors, maybe they can help!
#7
You definitely need to check out that knee .
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#10
Sorry to ask, but, are you overweight? If so, work out and your knees will be fine.
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#11
I would chef (also going along with the thread title, damn grammar nazis). Maybe there are jobs you could do when you get older that require culinary knowledge but not standing? I can't think of many but I'm sure they're out there. Can you take some journalism classes and eventually be a food critic?
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do you mean "if you like to cook"?

sure he wasn't just going along with the title.
#13
Knee pain is a problem indeed, try exercising your knees in order to strengthen them.
#14
Other than exercising your knees, there are a great number of things you can do you to help alleviate this pain.

-Knee braces.

-Dr. Scholls' (as mentioned).

-Boots - Get some shoes with ankle support. Without it, you'll be wobbling around all night. And don't think Crocs will help. Those pieces of shit offer the worst performance for that sort of job.

-Glucosamin/Chondroitin - Available at Wal-Mart, your local pharmacy, or any vitamin store. These help promote joint health, and can help you build stronger support muscles. The FDA hasn't approved these supplements, though, but they have been used in Europe for years.

-Aleve/Aspirin - Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs. Available over-the-counter, but be careful, as you can development a chemical dependency.

-Stretches- Isolate the specific location of the pain and stretch the tendons, tissue and muscle in that area.

-Just Rest- Having worked closely with the chefs at my place of work, I know that you don't often get an opportunity to rest, and there isn't much room in the kitchen for a chair. But, when you do get the opportunity, find somewhere to rest, whether it be for thirty seconds or ten minutes. Every little bit helps.

-Ice/Cayenne Pepper- Either of these can be easy to find in a kitchen, and both serve to reduce inflammation and pain.


If you really want to be a chef, don't let a bit of pain stop you. Allow it to fuel you to find new ways to do your job. Revolutionize the industry.

Remember, you make the final decision, no matter what happens. You are the only one that can decide your path.
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#15
Just man it up, and drink a bottle of cooking sherry. The service might slow down, but on the plus side if you ever cut yourself butterflying a chicken, you wont feel a thing, you may even giggle like a school girl.
#16
If your knee hurts just standing for a while, you'll be screwed with moving at all, go get it checked out.

You might have a congenital defect/malformation in the cartilage in the knee (Meniscus) or a slipping knee cap/Bichon Knee problens.


Go for your dream of being a chef, if it's what you want to do, do it.

Get it checked out by a QUALIFIED doctor instead of asking the pit for career advice cause of your bad knee.
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-Glucosamin/Chondroitin - Available at Wal-Mart, your local pharmacy, or any vitamin store. These help promote joint health, and can help you build stronger support muscles. The FDA hasn't approved these supplements, though, but they have been used in Europe for years.


I can vouch for glucosamine, ive had problems with joints for a few years, and when I started weight training they hurt even worse, about 6 months in I started using glucosamine as a kind of 'might as well, it cant hurt' and now my joints feel alot better, this may be the glucosamine, or working the joints and them getting used to it, or abit of both. But hey, its better.
#19
Buy a really tall chair.

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#20
Thank you guys for the serious comments!Yeah I'll see a doctor for sure.Exercise huh? Yeah I guess I kinda lack of exercise but I'm definitely not overweight though.I asked my brother what I could do and hee told me to go to the gym and squat a lot.Is that more damaging or beneficial?


(BTW,the chef or not to chef thread title was on purpose)
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#21
dude i feel your pain i wanted to cook so badly its been a tradition thing passed down to the oldest male each generation. they become a chef it has been happening for four generations i would have been the fifth. i really love to cook but i ****ed up my knee in wrestling and had to do two surgeries and was on crutches for 11 months but now i can walk again but i have a limp and there is now a non stop pain that wont go away no matter what they do. i took pain pills in the begging but after a year and a half once i finaly began to realize what it meant when he said i was always gonna have pain so i just learned to live with it. but i know i wont be able to cook though standing for periods of time is an issue for me to.
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#22
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Thank you guys for the serious comments!Yeah I'll see a doctor for sure.Exercise huh? Yeah I guess I kinda lack of exercise but I'm definitely not overweight though.I asked my brother what I could do and hee told me to go to the gym and squat a lot.Is that more damaging or beneficial?


(BTW,the chef or not to chef thread title was on purpose)


Damaging (possibly). Squatting will build up leg muscles, and do nothing for your joints. You'd need to have perfect form just to avoid hurting your knees more. Just stretching a bit would probably be a lot more helpful in the physical motion department.
#24
try to bend your knees a little instead of locking them. My knees used to hurt a little before I started doing that.
#25
I am thinking of going to chef school as well. do you think you could pm me your email address if you don't mind? I would like to ask some legit questions about being a chef and the school.
#26
Dont worry about the pain in your knees, after spending the last 20+ years "cheffing" (going along with the heading) I can speak from experience that the pain your back will make you forget about the pain in your knees.
Being a Chef mean long hours on your feet. I joke about working half days I go in at 8 am and leave at 8pm, half of a day right?
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#27
Go to an orthopod, get your knees checked out.

IT might just be an alignment problem, which could easily be fixed with a good pair of shoes and custom insoles.

You might want to get custom insoles anyways, becuase they really do help a lot if you are one your feet a bunch.