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Old 01-18-11, 08:08 AM   #1
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Knee pain

First off i do plan on going to a doctor and i did do a search but didn't find anything similar The pain gets pretty bad at times only on extension it feels and seems like my knee cap is getting hung up and will not move "up" on extension. Ive been having this problem off and on for the last 7 or 8 months and does go away completely at times. It seems to appear and get worse when im not riding as much and usually i start riding more when it starts to hurt and i generally starts getting better(less pain). Also whats weird is it doesn't hurt any worse while riding or walking but sitting for any extended period is pretty much agony when its bothering me. If im sitting and try to extend it up i can only get to a certin point and it will not go any further untill i unload the weight and at that point i can watch my knee cap break free and move up then i can fully extend my knee. I was just wondering if anybody has experienced this and what to expect, it seems everytime im about to see a doc about it, it stops hurting and for some reason or another i just don't end up going.

EDIT: forgot to mention no prior knee injury, and when the knee cap moves up it makes a snap/crack sound, and im a pretty fit person 5'9" 145lbs

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Old 01-18-11, 11:12 AM   #2
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I've got a similar problem with mine. It'll extend so far, then my kneecap seems like it needs to shift to a new position and it will extend the rest of the way. Noisily and, at times, painfully. I've got an explanation for mine, though. Car crash, various other knee injuries, and generally punishing my body and pushing it to the limit without regard to joint health.
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The old "standard wisdom" is that pain in the front of the knee, the kneecap area, may be caused by having the saddle too low and/or too far forward. Essentially, you are "hyperflexing" the knee. This leads to over-use syndromes similar to carpal tunnel.
Of course, that's only one possibility, a proper diagnosis (hopefully from a sports-medicine ortho physician) would be best.

Check out some articles on how to properly adjust your saddle for proper knee health in the meantime.
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