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Old 05-27-13, 01:14 PM   #1
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The 50-Something Knee Revisited

Ok, I am probably heading to my doctor this week and bracing myself for a lecture about my weight, but I need to have my knee checked out. I have been taking Osteo-Whatever-B-Flex for about 3 weeks and I haven't noticed any change in my knee. Maybe it is arthritis?
I am also taking the Escape to another dealer so that I can make sure my seat adjustment is correct.
I don't have any constant pain, but it does feel stiff or sensitive at times when I go to put weight on it while walking. When I am on my bike, it can appear for one or two complete cycles of the crank, then it eases up. I worry because my bro-in-law neglected his knee for about 15 years while he worked overseas. Now, he has had surgery, but they say a replacement is his only option.
So, do any of you folks have luck with supplements such as Osteo Bi Flex? I know this is all "armchair" stuff, but I appreciate the input.
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Old 05-27-13, 03:02 PM   #2
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Never found any supplement that worked with my knees but higher cadence and lower gears do. I have a touch of osteo arthritis in both knees and was the main reason I gave up running 30 years ago. Cycling does not strain the joint much until it get to mashing on the pedals with low cadence and high pressure.

In fact cycling helps so much that IF I find pain with the normal home activities- I go for a ride. Within 5 minutes of a flat ride with high cadence and the pain has lessened greatly --if not gone.

But get it checked out- Knee problems can be caused by many things and a simple remedy may be available.
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Osteo B takes several months to do anything, if it works for you at all.

What kind of doc are you seeing? Orthopedic? GP?
If you have a choice see a Sports Medicine Doc.
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I am also taking the Escape to another dealer so that I can make sure my seat adjustment is correct.
Make sure your cleat adjustment is correct. If your posture is naturally toe-out or toe-in and your cleats are on straight, it's going to grind your knees until they are sore. That might not be your problem but if you think that it is, mention it to a good bike shop and they often provide a fitting service for adjusting them to your posture.

I say this because I have a toe-out posture walking or on the bike myself and have had to make those adjustments for decades now. In my case it hurt towards the end of my rides though, and afterwards.
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Icy-hot, ben gay seems to be best for me.
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Never found any supplement that worked with my knees but higher cadence and lower gears do. I have a touch of osteo arthritis in both knees and was the main reason I gave up running 30 years ago. Cycling does not strain the joint much until it get to mashing on the pedals with low cadence and high pressure.

In fact cycling helps so much that IF I find pain with the normal home activities- I go for a ride. Within 5 minutes of a flat ride with high cadence and the pain has lessened greatly --if not gone.

But get it checked out- Knee problems can be caused by many things and a simple remedy may be available.
You have some good advice. Let me try the higher cadence and lower gears.
I will get it checked out, though!
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Osteo B takes several months to do anything, if it works for you at all.

What kind of doc are you seeing? Orthopedic? GP?
If you have a choice see a Sports Medicine Doc.
Thanks, I read on the net that a lot of people stop taking Osteo B before it actually kicks in and works.
I will have to check with insurance and my family doctor about choices. Thanks for the tip!
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Make sure your cleat adjustment is correct. If your posture is naturally toe-out or toe-in and your cleats are on straight, it's going to grind your knees until they are sore. That might not be your problem but if you think that it is, mention it to a good bike shop and they often provide a fitting service for adjusting them to your posture.

I say this because I have a toe-out posture walking or on the bike myself and have had to make those adjustments for decades now. In my case it hurt towards the end of my rides though, and afterwards.
This is interesting. I know that I tend to pronate when I walk or run, so certain shoes work better for me than others. This is something to look into.
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Icy-hot, ben gay seems to be best for me.
I hopefully will check with my doc and find out it is arthritis or something else I just have to live with. I am afraid of damaging my knee, so I don't attempt to run any longer. My wife, who is a sprinter when it comes to walking, gets upset with me when I can't walk as fast as she can. But, I was told that fast walking can irritate a knee condition and so I try to pace myself. I used to jump rope, but I noticed some aches in my ankles and stopped that noise. Thanks!
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Never found any supplement that worked with my knees but higher cadence and lower gears do. I have a touch of osteo arthritis in both knees and was the main reason I gave up running 30 years ago. Cycling does not strain the joint much until it get to mashing on the pedals with low cadence and high pressure.

In fact cycling helps so much that IF I find pain with the normal home activities- I go for a ride. Within 5 minutes of a flat ride with high cadence and the pain has lessened greatly --if not gone.

But get it checked out- Knee problems can be caused by many things and a simple remedy may be available.
=1 on this if I let my gearing slow down the cadence my knees hurt real bad,,,keep it high and all is well,,,,Bud
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