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What is kneecap pain a typical indicator of?(6 posts)

What is kneecap pain a typical indicator of?dawgcatchr
Jun 22, 2003 10:58 PM
Hi. I have had knee pain for the better part of 2 months now. It has now migrated to my kneecap area. The pain showed up on my ride today, spinning on the flats at about 19mph. I only get pain on my road bike, only in one knee.

What is kneecap pain typically a symptom of? Saddle height too high or low? Cleat position fore or aft? Something else? I have scheduled a visit to the best bike fit guy in our region, but that visit is still 17 days away-I would like to ride at least somewhat between now and then. Any ideas on what might be causing this pain?
This should help....coonass
Jun 23, 2003 4:36 AM
I don't know if it's meaningful, but I have been taking a Joint protection product (Glucosamine Sulfate, Chonodrotin, etc.: "Joint Synergy" by MRM) for the last 15 years and I haven't had any knee problems. Are you spinning too slow (<85rpm)?
This should help....dawgcatchr
Jun 23, 2003 6:51 AM
I usually spin at 102-108 rpm. There is very little stress on my knee, so I can't understand why it always hurts.
This should help.....coonass
Jun 23, 2003 12:25 PM
Have you experimented and adjusted the height of your saddle, or maybe you're pushing too big of a gear at that rpm? I would ask around and find out if there is a recommended Sport's Therapist in your is another site that really 'overloads' with information, but I think a good ST, along with some x-rays are closer to identifying the source if you've tried all of the layman's remedies.
Is your seat level?GeoCyclist
Jun 23, 2003 5:12 PM
If you are sliding off the front of your seat, due to forwarding slope, you will put pressure on your shoulders and knees.
Knee cap not tracking correctly....Lone Gunman
Jun 23, 2003 6:36 PM
One set of muscles,usually the inside of the cap are weaker than the outside lower quad muscle, cap tracks incorrectly and develops sort of tendonitis/inflamation. Probably notice the pain walking up steps(alot of steps) or tightness around the cap. Remedy is rest, anti inflamatories, and strengthen the muscles by doing the forward extensions on a nautilus machine. Just a thought, see a PT for a definitive diagnosis. I have heard the condition described as "spring knee" pain sort of "stings", doing too much early in the season and the inflamation doesn't go away.