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Knee Pain! Help!!(6 posts)

Knee Pain! Help!!SeamusAD
Apr 10, 2003 7:36 PM
The weather broke. I rode hard. My knee protested.

I can no longer pedal without pain on the upper, outer side of my right knee. I experience it only during the down stroke. It is severe enough that I can no longer ride.

My PCP says that my knee is fine. My guess is that the problem is related to my iliotibial band. The next step will be a visit to the sports medicine doc.

Any ideas, advice, experience with this matter would be appreciated. I am totally freaked out. What does one do when one cannot ride?
re: Knee Pain! Help!!ms
Apr 11, 2003 6:08 AM
I was having a dull pain or ache on the top and outside edge of my knee. I was diagnosed with IT band syndrome and sent to PT, which basically consists of stretching exercises. I have been doing my stretching for the past month and the problem largely has gone away. Your problem sounds more severe than mine. I would get to the sports medicine doc ASAP.
P.S. Take your bike with you to the Doc . . .ms
Apr 11, 2003 6:18 AM
I found a sports med doc who rides. I took my bike (with the stationary trainer) with me for my initial visit. He watched me ride and noticed several things that he felt were relevant, including that I sat crooked on the saddle and that my right leg was compensating for it -- thus causing the problem. When I go to PT, the therapist puts my on a stationary bike (not mine) to see if I am straightening out (which is supposed to be the end result of my stretching regimen). When the process is completed (which is supposed to be in a month or so), the doc wants to see me again on my bike. Ask if you can bring your bike as part of your initial visit. If the doc (or his/her scheduler) hesitates or thinks that you are crazy, search until you find a bike-friendly and bike-knowledgeable doc. A sports med doc who treats football players or runners may not have the insights he or she needs to understand your problem, which may have as much to do with your bike as your body.
Same problem solvedRoyGBiv
Apr 11, 2003 9:56 AM
My knee was acting up last year, although not exactly like yours. A visit to a sports doctor, though, solved the problem. After bending my leg like a pretzel on the examination table, he could find nothing wrong. Then, he noticed my right foot seemed to stick out to the right, moreso than the left did to the left, if you know what I mean. There's a Latin name for it, but I forget. He suggested adjusting the cleat on my right road shoe to compensate. Et voila - after a few weeks, no more knee pain.
Hope your problem can be solved as easily.
re: Knee Pain! Help!!High Gear
Apr 11, 2003 12:32 PM
I go to a sports doc for my back and asked him about a sharp pain I was getting around my left kneecap. He told me to stretch my quads by pulling my foot back to my butt and hold it. It worked for me. I guess the knee can get pulled out of alignment due to tight quads. It sounds like you may have pulled something too. I would stretch and soft pedal on the flats to get some blood to the area. Taking two Aleve once in the morning and night will probably help too, but don't take it at that dosage for more than three days straight. Good Luck.....Let us know how you do.
re: Knee Pain! Help!!SeamusAD
Apr 11, 2003 3:40 PM
Thank you all for your respective advice. I will be seeing the sports doc next week. I am sure that I will be fine, but time off the bike makes me nervous.Until then I will be running. Running does not cause me any pain and allows me to remain active.I just don't want to make a habit of it. I'll post update later.