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Knee pain update (for those who are interested)(7 posts)

Knee pain update (for those who are interested)Rob March
Apr 7, 2003 2:17 PM
If anyone is interested in an update, here goes. It looks like I haven't actually injured my knees, just seeing symptoms of overuse. However, the physical therapy was a little too robust (squats, steps, stationary bike with higher resistance than I would ever use) and just made my knees hurt more.

I have ridden once for 30 miles and once for 15 in March. I had minor knee pain both times even when I kept myself spinning at a pretty high cadence (estimate about 90). But, for the entire week after the rides, my knees (right mostly) ached (off and on over the course of the day/week).

I think I basically have to take time off from any sort of exercise that would stress my knees for a considerable length of time (hopefully not more than a month). Ah well, I just needed to unload the information someplace where people would appreciate my situation. Thanks.


P.S. Sorry for the repost, but I thought adding to an old thread would bring it to the top, which it apparently didn't.
Glad to hear it's not too serious. Just need some time off.Ken of Fresno
Apr 7, 2003 3:16 PM
I've sort of been having knee aches lately myself. I think it's from trying to do too much too soon in the season. I've decided to take a little more time off the bike and do LOTS of gentle stretching. Seems to be getting better already. Hopefully, I, like you, didn't do any real damage.

LOTS of gentle stretchingms
Apr 7, 2003 10:16 PM
I was having a dull ache/pain in my right knee. I was diagnosed with IT band syndrome about 5 weeks ago. I have had a few PT sessions and prescribed lots of gentle stretching. The difference is remarkable. I still have an occasional ache, but nothing like I was having. I was one of those people who rarely stretched. I now am a stretching convert.
90 rpm is not "pretty high cadence"Kerry
Apr 7, 2003 3:20 PM
It's something you should be shooting for all the time. If you want to be easy on your knees, head to the 100-105 range. Seems like a clue as to how you injured yourself in the first place if you think of 90 rpm as a high cadence.
re: Knee pain update (for those who are interested)DINOSAUR
Apr 7, 2003 10:57 PM
I've always taken pride to the fact that at the ripe old age of 60, I've never had knee problems. Then a couple of weeks ago my left knee started to bother me. I think it is the patellar tendon. It did not bother me when I rode, only off the bike when stepping up stairs or after getting up from sitting for a long period. I keep a log of everything I do to my bike and the knee pain started around the time I made a change in my saddle tilt. The saddle change, plus the increase of mileage due to the season and riding a couple of days with no leg coverings pushed me over the edge. Knees don't like changes. I used to lift heavy weights when I was younger, but you have to be very careful when doing exercises such as squats. You can do more harm than good. I found the weight lifting worked o.k. for me during the off season but I could not do both as it was asking too much from my body.
One thing that helped me was starting to stand more when I am climbing. I have a tendency to grind out the gears if I remain seated, but standing and spinning in a smaller gear
takes the strain off the knees.
Whenever I start having problems it's usually because I made a change in my bike's position: New shoes, cleats, new saddle, change in saddle's postion, change in shoe insert, etc. It doesn't take much. Knees are very complicated. Sooner or later just about all cyclist have knee problems.
Try to stay consistant, and if something hurts, don't do it.
And if the pain doens't go away, see a medical professional.
Use glucosaminesyart
Apr 8, 2003 4:39 AM
Try using glucosamine, two pills a day. It works.

Apr 8, 2003 9:51 AM
Oddly enough- I stopped taking glucosamine and my knees started to bother me about a month later. I went back to taking it and my knees are not bothering me so much anymore.
I think there is some credit to this stuff. I just don't want to go off it again and find out...