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knee problems --> cortisone --> experiences? Help?(6 posts)

knee problems --> cortisone --> experiences? Help?seamus
Jul 21, 2003 1:30 PM
Help. Please.

I've had some knee issues ever since going for my first cyclocross season training run in Sept of 2001. Something went pop one night, hasn't felt right since. It's not excruciating, I mean I can ride (even SS off road) but that leg isn't as strong/stable as the other. I saw a sports doc, had X-rays and MRI's and he found nothing wrong. No cartilege damage, no meniscus issues, no ligament/alignment problems, nothing. So off I went, assuming it would go away, but it didn't.

Recently saw another doc (after all this time, my pedal stroke has gone from a smooth spin to an uneven lope, but I can still ride decently) and he was able to identify some swelling/synovial fluid buildup in that knee, which he said was the cause of issues. Now, this doc's a high-caliber cyclist, and he works on lots of riders. He said this aliment is common among runners, and usually a shot of cortisone in the joint would fix things right up in a matter of days or maybe a week.

Trouble is, the shot seems to have made my knee more sore, rather than helped. Now I'm kinda limping around.

Anyone have any similar experiences?
re: knee problems --> cortisone --> experiences? Help?dave_w
Jul 21, 2003 1:56 PM
In another life when I was primarily a runner, had the classic "runner's knee", I think the technical term is condromelacia, or something to that effect. Pain was located inside on the patella, it's where one of the large quad muscles attaches. Got novocaine/cortisone injection. Don't really know if it speeded recovery or not. I rode the bike with managable pain during this time but could not run for 1/4 mile before I would turn and limp home. Total recovery time was 2 to 3 mos. if I remember correctly.
You'll probably get more(and more up to date!) info on a runner's forum.
Don't know about cortisone....Jervis
Jul 21, 2003 2:11 PM
but my knee's been bothering me for about a week and a half now. It's the same problem you're having, not really excruciating pain, but you can tell something's not right. I find pushing too high a gear simply exacerbates the problem. Try speeding up your cadence a bit to avoid putting so much pressure on the knee. Also I'd get rid of the off road single speeding never had a single speed off roadie, but it doesn't sound like it would help a knee problem, although that's just my opinion. Hope it helps.

Jervis
Don't know about knees, butirregardless
Jul 21, 2003 2:54 PM
my ortho told me never to get cortisone for my achilles tendinities because it will make it more prone to rupture. Yikes!
Old teaching, no longer true (nt)MGS
Jul 21, 2003 4:51 PM
nt
re: knee problems --> cortisone --> experiences? Help?xxl
Jul 21, 2003 4:42 PM
You do have to give the stuff a few days to work. I assume he also drained your knee of excess fluid?

I have a similar situation, and I found that stretching religiously (quads, ITs, and esp. hamstrings) helped quite a bit.