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Tedonitis that never goes away?(11 posts)

Tedonitis that never goes away?jzinckgra
Mar 19, 2003 9:33 AM
I've had this nagging pain behind my right knee (on the back of leg, not behind kneecap)for almost 8 months now. I just recently went to an orthopedic, had an MRI done and was told I have tendonitis. I took some anti-inflamatories for 10 days, which seemed to help some, but eventually the pain came back. Any of you guys experience this? This is really starting to bother me. I'm mean, just walking around seems to irritate it, not to mention riding my bike or going for a run. I don't feel the pain during these excersies, it usually starts the day after. I'm not sure what to do. It's like the nagging injury that will never go away. I was thinking of trying one of those elastic knee braces, but just don't know. AFAIK, tendonitis is an over use injury and I certainly haven't done enough riding this year (compared to other years) to warrant such a problem. Any ideas?
i wouldn't use an elastic knee brace..._rt_
Mar 19, 2003 9:50 AM
tendonitus is inflamation that results from your tendon rubbing against something else (another tendon, bone, or cartilege [sp?]). wrapping your knee will only increase the friction and exacerbate your injury & pain.

i had chronic tendonitus in my legs for years when i was a gymnast. the sports med docs all recommended a regimine of ice (20 min after exercise) and anti-inflams. at one point it got so bad that i was told to take 8 weeks off of training. i assume the rationale behind this was to allow the inflamation to dissipate in the hopes that we would be able to control it once i went back to training. unfortuantely, the pain went away while i stayed out of the gym but reappeared as soon as i started training again.

given that you said that you have not been training an enormous amount this year, your tendonitus might be the result of trying to do too much too soon. my suggestion would be to go the ice & anti-inflams route and see if that helps.

re: Tedonitis that never goes away?speedisgood
Mar 19, 2003 10:39 AM
Try lowering your seat and maybe scoot it forward a little. Maybe move your cleats toward your heels a little. And aggressively stretch your hamstrings and calves. Get an Rx for PT from your orthopod. Do what the PT tells you to do.
Patellar Tendonitis, my story. kinda longColorado Ron
Mar 19, 2003 12:03 PM
I've been struggling with patellar tendonitis this winter. It started at the end of the season last year. It got to be so bothersome that I could not ride two days in a row, then not even every other day. I thought I had a patella tracking problem and never suspected tendonitis. I saw Dr. Viola from the Steadman Hawkins clinic in Vail Colorado in early Dec. He had me do an MRI. The MRI showed the patella tracked fine but I had severe patella tendonits. I was told that normal procedure for severe patellar tendonitis is to completely imobilize the joint for 6 weeks. Normally this would give the tendonitis time to heal on it's on. Unfortunately this did not happen in my case. After 6 weeks the tendonitis was no better than before. I underwent surgery the next week for a patella debridement (sp). Dr. Viola said I had a lesion on the patella where the tendon attaches. This lesion was preventing the tendon from healing back to bone. He removed the lession, cut away the dead part of the tendon and drilled hole in the tendon in an effort to promote healing. After Surgery it was back in the full length leg brace for another 6 weeks. After this I'll go through 6 more weeks of gradual increase in activity. I should be back to near normal by mid May. It sounds like your level of tendonitis may require you to take some time off. I would recommend you get a second opinion from another orthro doc as well as a second read of the MRI from a radiologist. Make sure these docs have experience working with cyclist. I've had a lot of experience with orthro doc over the years and would say there's definately differences in skill levels and forms of treatments. I know the last thing anyone wants to do is to take time off but that may be the only way you get this thing to heal. Continued use is not going to help. Good luck.
Ganglion cystjzinckgra
Mar 19, 2003 1:39 PM
The ortho doc I went and saw seemed decent, but didn't seem to have a lot of experience with cyclists. He especially wanted the MRI done to rule out a gangion cyst, which may have been rubbing the tendon against the bone. Well, no cyst, so the diagnosis was tendonitis. I took almost 4 weeks off not too long ago, and although that seemed to help a little, along with the anti-inflam. it all came back. However, the pain isn't as bad as it was. I still have some of the drugs left, so I may take the rest and see if I can get rid of what little tendonitis I have left.
re: try thiscyclopathic
Mar 19, 2003 1:22 PM
deep massage (should hurt good) for several days, heat and stay off the bike/weights/load. Apparently muscles/tendons contract from injury and this blocks them from healing. Deep massage breaks it down but you'd need to give it time to heal ~week, only light recovery rides. Second muscles bind and if that happens it puts strain on tendons as they don't function properly. You can loose it but it's hard to explain over wire, you'd better ask doc for referral to physical therapist.

Also stretch, stretch, stretch
re: Tedonitis that never goes away?uksrfr
Mar 19, 2003 2:04 PM
i've had various problems with my knee on and off for a couple of years. the only thing i have found that cures the problem is deep massage and being stretched. The problem for me has been that some muscle groups get so tight that the whole system gets out of whack. I took six weeks off with no riding, iceing, and anti inflamitory meds, and the 1st day back on the bike the pain was back. 2 sessions with a sports massage therapist I was on the bike pain free. now at the 1st signs the pain is coming back, i start back on the massage. good luck, but it can be cured...
re: Tedonitis that never goes away?rogue_CT1
Mar 19, 2003 4:28 PM
1500 mg of glucosimine & chondroitin per day. Takes care of the tendonitis in my elbow and my knees. The stuff really works. You can get it almost anywhere, GNC, Wal-Mart, Grocery stores, etc...

It usually takes about 6-7 days for it to take effect. Give it a shot.
re: Tedonitis that never goes away?jzinckgra
Mar 19, 2003 4:40 PM
Do you have to take it all the time or has there been a time when you stopped taking it and the pain didn't come back? Are there any side effects from taking the stuff? I assume nothing major since you don't need a prescrip.
re: Tedonitis that never goes away?rogue_CT1
Mar 20, 2003 9:25 PM
You are supposed to take it at least 60 days. It actually rejuvinates your joints so once it starts working the effects last for quite a while. If the pain starts back up you just simply start taking the supplement again. I have never found any side effects. The stuff really works.
re: Tedonitis that never goes away?bollard
Mar 20, 2003 1:21 AM
I would also recommend going for a deep tissue massage and professional stretching. I have patella tendonitis and this has helped no end. Basically my upper leg muscles are far too tight and the massage and stretching loosens them up a bit. Also I find the stretching and massage makes my legs feel great before an upcoming race. I find that the stretches that he does for me are a lot better than anything I can do myself. Good luck.