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Knee Pain Help(6 posts)

Knee Pain HelpJeffro
Jun 30, 2001 9:56 AM
I've been riding for many years with no problems. This year I dveloped pain on the outside of my left knee - same bike same gear - it flares when I pedal hard, and once it flares it doesn't go away even when I'm mildly spinning. I've taken a couple of weeks off, but It's still there. No swelling, doesn't hurt running or walking, and no instability. any ideas? similar experiences - suggestions? Thanks.
same hereHank
Jun 30, 2001 1:00 PM
weird. I normally answer these posts cause in the past I've had luck in getting my knee pain to go away with ice, rest, proper warms ups, etc. Like you I've been riding for many years and now I have the exact same problem. Outside of left knee, only a problem while riding. Sometime it feels like it's clicking a bit - I can put my hand on it and feel it while pedaling. Also, sometimes it wants to pop rigth at the start of the ride. I know it's not my setup (hasn't changed in 12 years) and my pedals have tons of float (Speedplay). Right knee is totally smooth. No problems walking like you said. I also haven't even been riding more or harder than usual. I've seen people bring up the IT band syndrome in the past, but I've done the recommended stretches and I'm not sure that's it - also most IT band discussions deal with runner's problems. I think I'm gonna break down and see a doc. Hoping to find a sport doc who knows something about cycling. Until then, I think I'm gonna stay off the bike for a while. Bumms me out.
re: Knee Pain HelpDINOSAUR
Jun 30, 2001 6:11 PM
I never thought that saddles had anything to do with knee pain until recently. I've been riding with a Brooks Pro since last summer and I decided that I got tired of riding with a saddle that weighed about the same as boat anchor. I did experience knee pain on occasion and I thought it was because I was pushing too high a gear. I swapped back to the Fizik Pave that came stock with my Klein. The Fizik is shorter, and narrower (and lighter). When I dialed in my position I came up about 1 inch (2.54cm) further away from my bars. I thought that this was going to give me a problem, but I decided to give it a go. My knee pain went away, and I feel more comfortable, as I am spread out more, and I feel better balanced. The whole idea behind the saddle swap was to lighten up my bike, as an experiment. I don't expect anyone to run out and buy a new saddle in order to find a cure for knee pain, but this goes to show you that something you might not even consider will help another problem. Go figure...The Fizik is O.K. until I hit about three hours then I have to get out of the saddle once and awhile, which is hard because by then I'm starting to get tired. Now I am eyeing an Sela Italia but I'm worried that I might screw up my position (again)..
re: do you stretch?cyclopathic
Jul 1, 2001 11:34 PM
had the same deal earlier this year /though right leg on inside/. On double century got so bad after 50mi I had to walk every major climb. Tried all remedies no help. Then start stretching (quads, hamstrings, back, etc) and after 2mo I was able to ride 270miler and my knees were about only thing which didn't hurt. Helped me, might help you too good luck
re: do you stretch?tstamm
Jul 2, 2001 7:31 AM
what type of stretches do you reccommend?
re: Knee Pain Help - ITB?Quicksilver
Jul 4, 2001 3:50 AM
I'm shooting from the hip - you cycle for a few kilometers and all of a sudden when you push down you experience a sharp pain, like a hot poker being pushed through your knee. When you get off the bike it feels as if the knee wants to collapse on you and you can only start to walk normally after a day or two. If you push on the flesh just above the bone on the outside of the knee where it bends, it hurts.

If I'm right with me description you're suffering from ITB syndrome - Iliotibial Band syndrome. It's a inflammatory condition due to friction of a band of tendon over the outer bone of the knee -

I go to a Physio every year for treatment and use ice on the knee after riding.

Stretching is recommended but in my case it didn't help me at all.