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Knee problem update

Old 01-12-06, 08:49 AM
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Hi all,

Just wanted to post an update on my right knee situation. It's now been 11 days since I first felt pain in my right knee cap after a 23 mile run with clipless pedals. Since then I've rested to the point where I feel no stationary pain, switched back to platform pedals and can walk and even jog with no pain. However, whenever I take to my bike after 5 mins of riding my right knee starts to feel a little tight, it then hurts a little but after about 15 minutes more riding the pain and tighness seems to go away! Initailly it seems to be the road vibration rather than the pedal motion that brings on the tightness and slight pain.

Does anyone have an explanation for this? Same cycle every ride....5 mins of nothing.....tightness in right knee.....a little pain.....15 mins later pain seems to vanish
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Old 01-12-06, 09:30 AM
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Pain on the outside of the knee?
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Old 01-12-06, 10:02 AM
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Yes...is the pain out the outside of the knee?? If so...it could be an ITB problem.
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did you heard any squeaky sound when you bend your right knee(especially when you are squatting down)? It could be your cleat settings. I injured my right knee as well and sometimes it`ll become painful if overstress it. But my pain was reduced when i found out that the bike shop mechanic positioned my cleat too inward. So, i set my cleat to a more outward position and the pain is gone. You might as well think about the saddle's height an d saddle's fore/aft position.
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Old 01-12-06, 12:46 PM
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The tightness seems to be bang on the kneecap, or perhaps a little above. One other observation is there's a small bruise on the left side of the right knee above the tendons. It's tender to the touch but the pain does not develop in this area during a ride....weird eh?

I've done everything suggested by other forum members. Raised seat, repositioned cleats (not using them at the moment anyway). The strange thing is my knee appears absolutely fine and healed until 5 mins into ride when tight feeling develops again.

Any advice/suggestions would be very welcome indeed. It's depressing knowing you can ride but that there's something *not quite* correct about my knee.

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Old 01-12-06, 12:56 PM
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Check out this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=84153
And this web site: http://www.lemondfitness.com/product...dge/index.html

Those plus a proper bike fitting and I no longer have any knee pain. I didn't see the other thread...what pedal system?
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Old 01-12-06, 04:49 PM
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I had (and still have) a similar knee problem. At first I just rode through the initial pain. I was fine for months, but eventually my knee started really bothering me.

A physical therapist strongly recommended I stretch every day. Try strecthing you IT band. Sit on your back and raise one leg so that the thigh is perpendicluar to the ground. Then try and straighten your leg fully. check out google for more stretching info.
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Old 01-12-06, 06:38 PM
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Dude see an orthopedist. That's not normal, and to have visible bruising is really strange. I was stoic and let my knee pain go for two years and now I'm on operation 1 of 3 to fix the damage that I did by waiting to get a diagnosis.

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