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Arthritis in knees(4 posts)

Arthritis in kneesmtbjoe
Jul 23, 2003 11:29 AM
Hi all,
Received a call from my Dr. late yesterday and was told my knee pain was due to arthritis. Quite a shock, I'm only 34 so I'm completly depressed now.
I wanted to see how this has effected other riders out there and see if anyone has any advice on how they deal with it.
Thanks in advance,
Joe
re: Arthritis in kneesebb2
Jul 23, 2003 12:33 PM
I have had arthritis in all my joints in my legs since I was a child (7 years old). I have found that cycling and a lot of stretching has helped a great deal.
What works for me on the bike:
1. Spend little time in the big ring.
2. On hills get out of the saddle every so often.
3. 800 mg of ibuprophen

hope that helps
re: Arthritis in kneesAkirasho
Jul 23, 2003 1:57 PM
... depends on the specifics of your condition but...

I've been diagnosed with degenerative osteoarthritis in the right knee... with less than 1/8" cartilage... and after speaking with a Sports Medicine specialist, was given several options from cortizone to surgery to... Synvisc.

http://www.synvisc.com
http://forums.bicycling.com/bic/thread.jsp?forum=8&thread=33914

This is an inert substance that mimics the synovial fluid in a normal joint... and while it only treats the symptoms, it has worked wonders for me (along with Glucosamine Sulfate).

Before the injections, I was experiencing a marked reduction in range of motion, audible noise and pain (both with and without motion... with and without weight bearing). After an initial series of three shots, the joint improved over time and while not "like new", has allowed me to continue persuing cycling and enjoying a better quality of life. It's been over a year since I received my series of shots. The only downside to this treatment is it's cost. If you're insured, it should be covered by most policies... but it's about $400 a pop ($1200 USD total). Also note that this treatment is only for very specific injuries... and may not be an option for you... but it won't hurt to ask (seek out a Sports Medicine specialist... preferrably, one who cycles).

Good luck and...

Be the bike.
re: Arthritis in kneesbigborebob
Jul 23, 2003 3:54 PM
Here's my story.... One year ago at age 45 my surgeon said joint replacement was my only possibility for reduction in pain due to injuries and many knee surgeries. Running,jumping rope.... all wieght bearing exercises out the window.
First he said to try a new antiinflam. drug (bextra), when that wears off, hormone injections, then finally joint replacement. Pretty sad.
I started to ride a bike at the beginning of last summer, only being able to stand while pedaling. Little by little range of motion came back. This year I'm actually sitting in the saddle and competing in races.
Still on the anti inflam.s, maybe putting off surgery for many years. Bottom line = riding can only help your knee if you don't over do it in slow revolution gears.
Hope this helps