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Nagging Injury(5 posts)

Nagging Injuryjzinckgra
Nov 6, 2002 12:35 PM
About 2 months ago I seemed to have injured a ligament or tendon behind my right knee. I specifically mean on the back of the leg, behind the knee, not behind the patella. I think I did it on a ride where I was adjusting my seat height and probably raised it a little too high. Since then I've lowered the seat a little. But the pain still exists. I can't feel it when I ride (a little bit after a ride), but at other times of the day. For instance, when I've been sitting at my desk at work for awhile and go to stand up and walk, I can feel it. It will stop hurting after a minute or so. Or when I crouch down then go to stand up, it really hurts, but then stops. Any ideas on what it is or how to treat it? I've neglected to ice it after my rides. The only way I can think of that may heal it is if I stay off the bike during the winter, but I can't imagine doing that. Thanks.
The standard treatment...cory
Nov 6, 2002 12:52 PM
Two months is kind of a long time, but when I've gone to the doctor for similar things, the first line of treatment has always been rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, heat and a gradual return to inactivity.
Tylenol isn't an anti-inflammatory--you can take aspirin or ibuprofen, the recommended dose on the recommended schedule for a few days EVEN IF THE PAIN GOES AWAY. Give it some rest, use a heating pad or hot water bottle and gradually go back to what you're doing. If that doesn't work, I'd see a doctor.
The standard treatment...pcmtngoat
Nov 6, 2002 8:45 PM
I've had a similar problem and it went away after lowering my seat. My son-in-law (who's studying PT) told me that there is a very small muscle behind the knee whose only function is to start the leg to bend when it is straight. If it is overused it gets very sore. With the seat lower it doesn't get used much, or maybe at all. I recently had a professional bike fitting session and discovered that I was riding with my seat way too high- even after having lowered it to alleviate the back of knee pain. I had always gone for maximum extension but have adjusted to the lower position. You can see this in the peleton also- most riders have little extension. This may be an easy fix and cheaper than the MD.
Thanks.jzinckgra
Nov 6, 2002 9:24 PM
Popliteus.nmC-mond
Nov 7, 2002 6:07 PM