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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
I have tendonitis on my knee. It just started last week and haven't had a chance to see my MD yet but I'm pretty sure it's just that. Anyway, I often hear that cycling is actually a good exercise for knee injuries. Is ther any truth to that or should I avoid it? I'm trying to stay off my feet for now, taking 600 mg ibuprofen and icing my knee. I was on the trainer yesterday and the knee felt great afterwards but this morning it hurts.
Where is the pain? If it is right behind the kneecap (meaning at the front of the knee), it is likely chondromalachia (sp?). The two most likely culprits of chondro are: (1) seat too low; and (2) pushing too big a gear too often.
Yes, cycling is generally very knee friendly, but riding with the seat too low or grinding instead of spinning can be harmful.
If your knee is hurting somewhere else, I'm out of my depth, except to pass on the received wisdom that the Old Guard passed on to us young punks back in the mid-1970's - if your knee hurts in the front, raise the seat, if it hurts in the back, lower the seat.
Good luck. Having to be off the bike sucks.
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