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Hurt my knee...help!(5 posts)

Hurt my knee...help!mmquest
May 23, 2002 5:44 AM
Pulled a Jan the on my way home from work on Monday...pushed too big a gear and now my right knee hurts on extension. It feels as though I have strained a tendon. Had to ride back to work on Tuesday morning (my car was there), but have been off the bike since (and my knee still hurts).

The question? What should I do at this point? I don't want to ride and further injure myself/not let it heal completely, but don't want to be off the bike for an extended period either. Should I wait until it does not hurt at all, should go for easy rides, or what?

Thanks!

PS - I don't have any rollers (or the $ to buy any), which I was thinking might be a good idea.
I just hurt my knee tooPaulCL
May 23, 2002 6:21 AM
More than likely, you have a severely inflammed knee. The cures: rest (a week plus), ice it down, ibuprofen and more rest. I would wait until it doesn't hurt at all then go for a very easy spin - no mashing. Better to take a week or ten days off than ruin the entire summer.

Now for my knee question: I rode yesterday. Never had knee problems, but I do currently have a (now minor) shin splint problem in the right calf. After the ride - a ride on which I dented a rim on a rock - my left knee started to hurt. A sharp pain when it is slightly twisted. I am hoping that it is due to some sort of overcompensation for the shin splints or the slight gear mashing I did for 12 miles to limp my bike home yesterday.

Anyone else have temporary knee pains?? Does my diagnosis make sense??? I wanna ride this weekend but I know I should take my own advice from above.
RICE . . .soup
May 23, 2002 6:34 AM
equals rest, ice, compression and elevation, or something like that. When I over-do-it, rest, ice and an anti-inflamatory usually do the trick. I wouldn't ride until you can walk pain free, then start easy spinning as tolerated. Ice after riding. 10-15 minutes of ice is enough-- 2 or 3 times a day. Increase intensity as you fell better.

If this doesn't work, you might want to see a MD.

soup (Not a doctor, don't sue me-- see Cali marathon thread.)
re: Hurt my knee...help!Bean
May 23, 2002 7:26 AM
I just did the same thing a couple of weeks ago. Went to go see ol Saw bones and exrays. He said that tendonitis was the cause. He said I did not have to reduce mileage since there was no harm to be done oto the knee other than pain if I could tolerate it. He said stretch and then stretch and did I mention stretch legs before riding, use some form of heat on the knee and stretch again afterwards then ice down. I have done all but the icing down and reduced riding to a couple of times a week and had very little knee pain on the last ride. I am taking it easier though on the hills. I had never had any noticable pain last year with 4,500 miles and this year I think I was hammering to hard to early and caused this. My pain was on the inside of knee and while pushing down. I have found standing on hills more seems to help since this occured. I had no pain with walking or anything else other than when on the bike when this happened. Hope it helps?
Bean
re: Hurt my knee...help!mmquest
May 23, 2002 2:51 PM
Yes, your posts definitely helped...THANKS. My wife is a PA, so I have the official medical angle all locked up, but wanted some advice from other riders.

Thanks again!