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Knee problems(7 posts)

Knee problemsSprint-Nick
Jun 3, 2003 7:54 PM
I know asking medical advice on a forum like this is a bad idea but I want to see if I can get a quick fix and if that doesn't work consult a doctor.

So would have any possible causes of why I might be having a pain on the inside of my knees, right at the bottom of the quadracep? I had it for a while then switched from fixed to floating cleats last week which helped it a bit but now its back.

I have always had tight IT bands.

Thanks,
Nick
re: Knee problemsrussw19
Jun 3, 2003 10:08 PM
Nick, your IT band is on the outside of your knee. So I don't think this is the case. It the pain in the front of your knee? Or behind it? If in front, the first simple thing to check and rule out is you seat height. Make sure it is not too high. Have you been climbing lately, or riding more miles than you are used to? This could also be a cause. Both those answers are simple answers, but I am not a doctor, so I am sure someone more qualified will better answer this. But if you are sore, I can tell you to take some anti-inflammatory (best bet is Sodium Naproxin - Aleve over the counter) and ice the area. It will keep you from doing further damage to the injured area.

Good luck,

Russ
Location of pain and why I suspect IT bandSprint-Nick
Jun 3, 2003 11:52 PM
If you look at your knee where the head of the vastus medialis is, my pain is coming from right in front of there on the inner side of the knee.

Why I suspect the IT band is because from my understanding the IT band when its tight pulls the whole quadricep to the outside which from my logic might be pulling on the inner knee ligament causing the pain.

And to answer your question my volume of road riding definitely went up lately.

Thanks,
Nick
Some advice...Eug
Jun 4, 2003 5:20 AM
First, go see a sports doc and/or sports physio to confirm the diagnosis...

IF the pain is anteromedial it may be related to mistracking of your patella over the knee joint, causing pain. The mistracking is related to more extreme knee flexion and to proportionally weak vastus medialis and possibly a tight IT band among other things.

IT band stretching may help, but so might strengthening the medial vastus as well as learning to spin better.

Other tips:

Shorter cranks.
Raising seat.
Make sure your knees are straight when spinning, not bowing out the side.
Keep seated on the hills. Spin, not mash up the hills.
Do hamstring exercises to strengthen them for spinning.

But like I said, go see a sports doctor/physio first.
Info while waiting to see the Doccoonass
Jun 4, 2003 6:22 AM
a) http://www.cptips.com/knee.htm and http://topcondition.com/
b) Exercises for the IT: http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/stretch.html and although the following site is not specifically a site for cyclists, there is a great deal of information for Sports Injuries..
Good Luck!!
another linkandy02
Jun 4, 2003 6:45 AM
Also look at runnersworld .com and follow the links they have a really good sports med section.
Duhhhh....that's what I get for leaving the 'puter..coonass
Jun 4, 2003 7:15 AM
"the following site:" http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/injurylist.htm