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help with knee/tendons injury(4 posts)

help with knee/tendons injurybombadil111
Oct 6, 2002 9:22 PM
i've had problems with the tendons in the back of my knee running down the sides of my calves. ive dont physical therapy a number of times, and they still arent healed. I can ride relatively painfree for a few days of a easy riding but after any hard workout they flare up and hurt. I have had my seat lowered because I read that is supposed to put less pressure on the knees. I was wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem, or if anyone has any suggestions as to how to get rid of this ailment. Thanks.
Dunno if it's the same thing but...hayaku
Oct 7, 2002 6:16 AM
I have had problems that sound similar to yours. Mine were caused by having the rotational needs of my knees restricted because of a lack of float. It happened during high intensity work particularly. Speedplays fixed it up and now I have no pain, never ever.

I also had pain in the back of my knees and this was fixed not by lowering my saddle but moving my cleat further back on my shoe. It is dead on the ball of my foot now and again, absolutely pain free.

Beware of moving your saddle too low, that'll cause pain too. Good luck, having sore knees suck ass.
sounds like me tooishmael
Oct 7, 2002 7:25 AM
I'm pretty sure what I have is tendonitis, you too. It's been years now. It'll ache, feel tight, and hot if I over do it for a couple of days. Riding mostly makes it feel better but then the next day it'll be worse while I'm sitting around. Yea, I'm pretty sure that is tendonits. I had it held at bay by streaching a bit before and then again after a ride and then icing it. It was when I let up on this that it returned. Now I'm doing the same but just riding less and I was popping ibuprofin. I think a massage is a good idea to break down possible scar tissue. If you really want to get rid of it permenantly dont jump on and beat yourself to death again as soon as it feels ok, in my experience it'll just come back again. Although I could never do it, try taking up knitting or something instead for awhile. Keep riding and streaching but keep it light and ice it after.
re: help with knee/tendons injuryGMS
Oct 7, 2002 12:06 PM
My knees complain more from my seat being too low than being too high. Furthermore, when my seat is too high, the inside of my knee complains, not the back of it.

I've never had calf pain while riding, but my calves really burn if my seat is too far forward. Moving my seat back moves the work further up my leg.

I hope this information helps somewhat. Try different positions and observe the results, and good luck.