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Sharp pain in kneecap(4 posts)

Sharp pain in kneecapKristin
Mar 10, 2003 12:18 PM
Okay, this is the waist your time question of the day and I'm both intrigued and bored enough to ask. Since it happens sometimes when I ride, I'll consider it cycling related. Once and a while--more and more frequently these days--I get a brief sharp twinge around my kneecap when I'm doing things like stopping short, jumping off/onto something like a curb or big step, or if I turn fast. In the back of my mind I always wonder if my knees are getting weak. (I also just had a birthday, upon which I promptly got heartburn and another handful of grey hairs.)
Your only sure bet is an Orthopod...Akirasho
Mar 10, 2003 2:09 PM
... there are just too many possibles... the best thing would be an exam by an orthopaedic specialist (with possible X-rays and/or MRI).

Virtually all of my knee woes were confirmed with these diagnostic tools (my first (back in the day) was confirmed by the actual surgery).

Even if the problem is intermittent... there might be physical clues... Good Luck!

Be the bike.
re: Sharp pain in kneecapHigh Gear
Mar 10, 2003 3:08 PM
I think most of us get that sharp pain from time to time, especially when we start something new or have been off the bike for some time. Stretching the quads always helps me. My sports doc told me that simple stretch should do it , and it did. The muscles and tendons get tight around the kneecap and this tends to pull the cap off center, that is why most of us get that pain.
re: Sharp pain in kneecapMR_GRUMPY
Mar 10, 2003 6:29 PM
Sounds like your ligaments are out of shape. They need some good workouts (don't run). When the ligaments can't keep your kneecap in the correct place, you're bound to have trouble. The older you get, to more you have to stay in shape all the time. I can remember when I was 25. I could sit on my ass all summer, and then go out and play football all day and go to work the next day without pain.