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Knee Injury Info Request(10 posts)

Knee Injury Info RequestCrankist
Oct 26, 2001 8:48 AM
I have developed a knee strain starting directly behind the left knee running
straight down a few inches. This from a forty-five mile ride 3 wks ago.
I have tried to stay off the bike since then - have only ridden 60 mi.
(It's really tough to stay off the bike with perfect weather, new CK/OP
wheels, new SPD-R pedals, and a better-fitting stem)! I have since dropped
the seat height .25" and have also noticed less strain when I move forward so
that adjustment has been made also. The slight pain clears up after a couple
of days off the bike but returns during a ride. So: has anyone had a similar
strain? If I stay off the bike for 3-4 weeks (Simpsons non-stop re-runs) is
this condition likely to clear up?
This Bites,
Oct 26, 2001 9:23 AM
I've had this at times.

First, try moving your saddle even lower, until it just feels "too low". Ride this way a couple of times, and see what happens.

Also, try moving your cleats further back on your shoes.

Stretch a lot, even on the bike. Stand occasionally and let your heels drop down, stretching the calf and hamstring slightly.

suggestions...and good ones!Crankist
Oct 27, 2001 12:45 PM
Thanks Dog. I have moved the cleats back. I will wait another week (this does bite), move the saddle down some more, ride, and yes, stretch.
patellofemoral syndromeSpinchick
Oct 26, 2001 12:54 PM
I don't know if this is what you have or not. I was just diagnosed with this 2 weeks ago. The pain I have is in the front of my knee and is worse when the knee is bent. I've been off the bike for two weeks and it's feeling much better (I'm glad, but hate that's what it took). The sports med. doc I go to is a cyclist too, so this helps. He actually recommended I raise the seat slightly if I had the clearance. His thinking was that I needed to take the strain off the knee by coming out of the "bend" totally. If it doesn't get better soon, see a doc. Knees are nothing to mess with.
Popliteus tendon strainJon
Oct 26, 2001 1:15 PM
If the pain you describe is at the back of the leg, behind the knee joint, it is most likely a strain
of the popliteus tendon. In that case, Dog's prescription is correct. This is usually caused
by too high a saddle. Lower the saddle, spin easily, and it will clear up in a week or two.
Popliteus tendon strain - A.K.A. "Satan's Kiss of Death"Crankist
Oct 27, 2001 1:00 PM
Thanks for the encouraging words, Jon. I'll be out next week.
Have Fun, Mike
patellofemoral syndrome - Yikes!Crankist
Oct 27, 2001 12:51 PM
Thanks lady. Nope it's a back of the knee thing. I hope you recover well and soon so that at least one of us is riding this perfect-weather empty-bike-trail week. (Sniff).
could be the new pedalsfiltersweep
Oct 27, 2001 7:31 AM
It is possible your old pedals were either sloppy (more float) or they have a different axis- or if you are using a new pedal/cleat system, your cleat alignment may be off- I usually have to point my cleats "in" just a bit (so my toes point out a bit) or I experience pain on my outer knees
could be the new pedals - but noCrankist
Oct 27, 2001 12:39 PM
Thanks for the thought FS, but no -new pedals are post-problem. I will however consider cleat angle adjustment if yet another type of knee problem craps on my opportunities to ride a perfectly-tuned, freshly-tweaked washed and waxed 853 roadbike with new wheels and tires during wife-out-of-town-weekend 65 degree calm sunny days with nothing else to do.
This Really Bites,
Crybaby Mike
P.S. How can I get this bike to stop talking to me?
It's not easy. Wear earplugs. (nm)Jon
Oct 27, 2001 3:29 PM