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Patella TendonitisDannyBoy
Apr 12, 2001 8:25 AM
I've had patella tendonitis in my right knee for 2 yrs and can't seem to shift it. Physio, anti-inflamatories and rest clear it up, but as soon as I get active it comes back. The physio seems to think the inner quad is too weak and not ‘firing' properly when compared to the outer which is basically pulling the kneecap up & over to the right rather than straight up and down, irritating the tendon. I was given some exercises to perform that rely on isotension to try and strengthen this area, however they are hard to do as you can imagine trying to isolate one head of a muscle is very hard – Anyone got any thoughts???
re: Patella TendonitisJim Heckman
Apr 12, 2001 9:16 AM
I am currently suffering from the same problem. Rest and ice clear it up, but as soon as I am back on the bike the pain starts again. I have found nothing that "cures" the problem. Have you tried Cho Pat Straps? My PT recommends using them. I just order two of them yesterday and am anxious to try them. Unfortunately, the only thing that helps is taking A LOT of time off of the bike. Hope this helps somewhat.
re: Patella TendonitisDannyBoy
Apr 17, 2001 4:02 AM
Jim, I have looked at Chopat website and put in an order.
re: Patella Tendonitisrfrisco
Apr 15, 2001 12:23 PM
I had the same problem about 6 years ago. I used the Cho pat strap for about a year and six months, till my leg got stronger. I haven't
use the strap for 4 and a half years now. Don't push a big gear for
a while, sit and spin in a easy gear. Try raising your seat alittle,
and rest and ice your knee after each ride.
Good luck
re: Patella TendonitisSTEELYeyed
Apr 15, 2001 6:52 PM
Last summer while on a 500 mile, 5 day tour I developed a serious case of PT,I tried the cho-pat and every other knee device I could find but nothing helped,my MD put me on 800mg.IBU but it was to hard on my stomach,I finally gave up cycling in August. Then this year I switched bikes from a 56cm C-dale CAD3 to a 59cm Litespeed Arenberg,I don't know what the difference in frame geometry is but my PT has completely cleared up,I think my knees are lined up better on the downstroke,and my overall position is better on the larger frame,I'm not sure what the differences are but I am not going to change a thing.
Good Luck,