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evil knee pain..HELP!!! any ideas please respondkenyonCycleist
Jun 10, 2003 8:31 PM
1 leg(left shorter) shorter than another (measured by phystherapist at ~ 1 cm) been gettin this knee pain... left quad tendinitis (inside next to top of knee) been to shims.raised seat...etc...but it still persists..i am also meticulous about keepin me leg close to top tube in line w/ knee.
heres the scoup..whats wierd is that the pain is also in the leg itself. feels like it starts from the inside of the left glute muscle and then runs down to knee causing the knee to hurt...i've had this leg length discrep for almost 7 years now..physotherapist say my left IT band unusually tight but stretching only partially alleviates the prob
Jun 11, 2003 4:22 AM
Ok for uneven legs/feet the best thig to do at this point are shoe shimms. Get your bike fit checked but just ask a local shop to make sure its right so they dont change it just cause you asked. For uneevn legs get shoe shimms. They go in your shoe and like anyother shoe and work great. For evening out your legs if the ar eunbalanced muscle wise do alot of Isolated leg drills. This is unclipping one foot and pedallign for 2 minutes. You look like a dam fool but it improves your spin and can help ease your legs back into balance if you do it correctly. Also check your seat on the rails and where its located to the seat post. Hope this helps if not good luck and I hope it works out for you. Knee pain sucks
Jun 11, 2003 7:45 AM
i said in me post i have been wearing shims fo a while now..they helps some but still not eliminate the pain totally
Jun 11, 2003 11:30 AM
Curious as to what kind of pedals you are using and how much float? Maybe some shimano or speedplays might be better? In anycase I would look at simple things like gears your using and basics then go from there. What I have been told about rebuilding my leg is that the muscle will come back on its own (which it is) and to make sure I make a mental effort not to over compensate with my good leg. That creates muscle imbalances. That may or may not be related to your knee I dont know. I am surprised a PT cant tell you more. Cycling is suppose to be very easy for your knees.
So hopefully a little more adjusting on your bike or, maybe new pedals or perhaps bigger gears? Also if you are riding a bike thats to small that might do it. Just some ideas....Im sure you thought of these already though. If its muscle imbalances then its way out of my league but your PT should recognise it
Jun 11, 2003 5:56 PM
already riding a full float pedal..coombe..guess i will just go see the doc sometime
re: evil knee pain..HELP!!! any ideas please responddownunderracer
Jun 19, 2003 7:14 PM
I've also had quad tendonitis, probably caused by a combination of overtraining and grinding. Had a few weeks off the bike, then got back into training slowly with lots of quad stretches before riding. Also concentrated on spinning rather than grinding. Good as gold now.