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pain behind knees(5 posts)

pain behind kneesse7en
Apr 17, 2003 9:19 PM
anyone experience tightness behind the knees when walking/riding? It feels like a big knot. Been stretching and using the spa, not really working. Any suggestions to get rid of this?
re: pain behind kneesJuanmoretime
Apr 18, 2003 2:05 AM
If your referring to the back of the leg behind the knee verses behind the knee cap, then your saddle my be too high. Do you rock on the saddle? If you do decide your saddle is too high, only lower it a maximum of 5mm at a time.
re: pain behind kneeskevinmd
Apr 18, 2003 3:33 AM
If you are having pain on the back side of your leg (as opposed to behind your kneecap) you probably have your seat set too far back, try bringing it forward.

-- K
re: pain behind kneesCarloD
Apr 18, 2003 3:43 AM
Did you change anything on your bike before this developed? - new saddle, seat height, pedals,or shoes?
As already mentioned, I would first look at lowering the saddle. Stretching will probably not help, and more likely aggravate the problem - if it is due to a seat height issue, then the problem is probably tendon inflammation related to repetitive overstretching or extension, and in the short term, stretching excercises will make it worse. Find a good massage therapist who can identify the specific tendon and use cross-fiber massage. Be patient - it does not get well overnight.
Good responsesMatno
Apr 18, 2003 6:15 AM
I was just about to post a similar question. I've had pain in the back of my right knee twice in the last couple of weeks after hard rides. Mostly just tightness when walking. I'm not sure why it's only on one side, but since I have a new bike setup, I'm sure there are a couple of variables that could be the culprit. Fortunately for me, the pain has gone away overnight (well, the second time took two nights). It helped a lot when I took some ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory) and iced it down for about 1/2 hour.

I guess my next step is to avoid further pain by tinkering with my saddle...