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Name that knee pain!(2 posts)

Name that knee pain!hrv
Jan 7, 2004 8:23 PM
I've had knee pain on and off for about 15 - 20 years, long before I got into serious cycling. Major pain when I try to fully extend the leg, and 1 legged squats/step ups hurt too. When going up/down a ladder always lead with the good leg to avoid pain. Major tenderness to touch; I'm in constant fear of banging my knee into a desk, for I know I'll suffer the consequences for a long time to come. Hurts to kneel on almost any surface.

I've had several sports related knee incidences, micro-tears, nothing needing surgery. To me, the alignment doesn't look too straight. But I've seen 2 Orthos in the last 4 years and they don't think much is wrong (had mri's), or at least not bad enough to do anything about it. I have an appt. with another one on a month, mostly to get a PT referral.

I can squat/leg press pretty heavy, as long as I do a gradual warm-up from light to heavier weights. I almost feel that without the weight work I'd be in worse shape, my knees seem to stiffen up. Can 1-leg press 180 with the bad leg, don't want to risk more.

Took up cycling to help the knees 2 1/2 years ago, and it has done wonders. The interesting thing is I can do big gear repeats, even on hills, do long climbs (5+ miles) and the knee doesn't bother me then. Would that rule out Chondromalacia? Maybe osteoarthritis?

I realize there are a vast amout of diagnoses , and I am going to see another OS next month, but I was curious. Could it be patellar tendonitis? I windsurf and snowboard, am 48, and my knee isn't getting any better. The knee really hurts when snowboarding so I might have to cut down on that; maybe curtail the cliff jumps? Only kidding!

Any advice/links would be appreciated, to educate me before the OS/PT visit.

re: Name that knee pain!Chen2
Jan 8, 2004 7:31 AM
Like you said, there are many different types of knee problems. Mine have been related to patella alignment. It sounds as if you are on the right track, find out what the problem is and get good professional advice (none of us are going to know). Some of the exercises you have been doing may not be good for your particular problem. From what I've learned after 60 years of knee problems is that cycling is generally good for knees.