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    Pain in the knee cap, just under the skin

    Hello,

    I have been addicted to riding a road bike for 4 or 5 years now. I normally ride 3 to 5 times per week, between 15 and 25 miles per ride. About 6 months ago i started to feel a pain in the very center of my knee cap just under the skin. So i took it easy for a month or so and it seemed to go away for the most part.

    Recently i havent been able to ride as much, maybe once a week. 2 days ago, after not riding for a week, i started feeling an excruciating pain in my left knee cap. Just under the skin where the indention is.

    Has anybody ever felt this before?
    Does anybody know what causes it?

    I am afraid to get back on my bike and ride for fear of making it worse.

    Any advise or experiances would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Shortyp

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    Consult a Doctor and not a bike rider? Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
    Consult a Doctor and not a bike rider? Just a thought.
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    Have it examined and then, depending on result, get a consult with a orthopedic physical therapist. In any case don't wander around crying in the dark. Shed some light on it by getting the proper exam and imaging.
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    Like many here- I have a knee problem. We still manage to ride because we know what the problem is. Knee pain can be caused by many things- At our age the common one is Osteo Arthritus but even that can be overcome.

    Get it diagnosed and then look for the way to accomodate it. Till diagnosed- you won't know how to cure it.
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    Thanks for the help.

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    "excruciating pain" over several months is a clue to seek help. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shortyp View Post
    Hello,

    I have been addicted to riding a road bike for 4 or 5 years now. I normally ride 3 to 5 times per week, between 15 and 25 miles per ride. About 6 months ago i started to feel a pain in the very center of my knee cap just under the skin. So i took it easy for a month or so and it seemed to go away for the most part.

    Recently i havent been able to ride as much, maybe once a week. 2 days ago, after not riding for a week, i started feeling an excruciating pain in my left knee cap. Just under the skin where the indention is.

    Has anybody ever felt this before?
    Does anybody know what causes it?

    I am afraid to get back on my bike and ride for fear of making it worse.

    Any advise or experiances would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Shortyp
    You have been riding the same way for 4-5 years, and all of a sudden you get a pain when riding, and assume that it's from riding, you haven't ridden in a weak and you got the pain a couple of days ago, hint: it's probably not from riding. A couple of people suggested seeing a doctor, that's a good idea, a doctor will probably send you for an X-Ray, MRI or Ultrasound to see what's going on in there. Then you will know what's going on, and they can figure a game plan for fixing it, they can do a lot with knees these days.

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    "Save Your Knees," by Dr. James Fox, is still a great reference, whether you want to see a health professional or do your own diagnosis and treatment. If you do go to a doctor, select a sports-savvy orthopedist, preferably one who shares your passion for bicycling. You do not want a knife-happy surgeon, and you do not want someone who will say, "If it hurts when you ride your bike, don't ride your bike."

    The standard advice applies -- spin in the low gears instead of slogging the high ones, and make sure your seat height and shoe cleat rotation are correct.
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    Thanks for the insight.

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    Thanks, i will look up the book and a sports related Health proffesional.

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    Superficial pain would indicate a quadriceps strain, so I would recommend doing good quad stretches before and after rides. Take a towel and soak it in hot water and then put it on your knee for 10-20 minutes before your stretch. After your ride, stretch again and put ice on your knee for 20 minutes maximum. Also start a quad strengthening program starting with straight leg raises as you don't want to bend your knee. Later you can start bending exercises, but be careful and watch how you walk up and down steps. You can also get a neoprene knee sleeve with a hole in the knee as this can help. If the pain starts to be under the knee cap area, then you are getting into a more serious problem and you need to see your doctor immediately. Either way, a good sports medicine doctor or orthopedist should be seen to have your knee checked out before things get worse.

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