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Knee pain, out of the blue

Old 09-10-14, 09:08 AM
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Knee pain, out of the blue

So I went for an 80K ride the other day, and at about the 70K point I developed a pain in my left knee. Came on instantly. Its to the inside of the patella and high, in the soft area of the knee. Doesn't bother me at all at rest. It's a bit a pain walking up and down stairs. I've been doing very heavy deadlifts and squats in the gym so I'm not sure how much that has to do with it. I've never had a knee issue on my bike, ever. Is there any stretches that would help that out? Perhaps a tensor would be good?

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Old 09-10-14, 01:18 PM
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I had very similar pain. I think. It was on the inside of my right knee, in the front, but probably a little lower than yours. I believe it was being hurt while running, I stopped running and the knee stopped hurting. Probably no help, but most people who try to help aren't helpful...
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Quadriceps tendonitis maybe? If so, the pain will be evident above the kneecap towards the inside of the leg, halfway down or at the bottom of a squat. If you have tight quads and hamstrings, stretching them may help.
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Old 09-10-14, 02:15 PM
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Just go see a doctor. I had problems for years with my right knee from a soccer match, didn't come up often but when it did.. oh boy.

I didn't see a doctor, so it could have been anything. Just keep in mind that if anything is torn/partly torn and you dont get treatment it's gonna hurt for a long long time.
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Originally Posted by SHIM_105 View Post
So I went for an 80K ride the other day, and at about the 70K point I developed a pain in my left knee. Came on instantly.
Were you climbing when it happened?
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Old 09-10-14, 07:20 PM
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I would say that between the heavy lifting and cycling your knee pain could just be temporary. A bit of off time from the weights and some ice should help and certainly wouldn't hurt. If pain persists see a doc.
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Old 09-11-14, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Were you climbing when it happened?
No. I was not riding hard and on my way home on flat road. I was fine, then one pedal stroke later I felt a pinch and my knee began hurting. Stayed like that until I stopped pedaling. Next day I went for a 25K and my knee hurt from the moment I stepped on the pedals. I'll give it a week then see a doctor if it dose not improve on it's own as some of you've suggested.
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As others have said, see a Doctor if the pain worsens or doesn't go away with rest. I have had a knee injury in the past and the pain was overwhelming, I used what is called R.I.C.E. Therapy, R=rest, I=ice, C=compression, E=elevation along with some Motrin and the pain subsided pretty fast. Sounds like you should stay away from the weights for a little while and take it easy. If it's just a mild strain you'll be back at it soon. Another thought is saddle/cleat position? I know you've probably been riding a while and you've been fine the way things were adjusted but if there's been an injury or tear from either riding, lifting, or just everyday life then this might become the norm for you as it did for me? Hopefully not and you recover fully but I thought I'd share my experience with you if it can help? After my knee injury my left knee is very sensitive to fore/aft saddle positioning. Too far back and I get discomfort in the knee about 5mi in to a ride and discomfort for the rest of the day. Also my cleats have to be in just the right spot which seems to take pressure off of my knees and has them slightly rotated outward with my heels tucked in. Doesn't take much, barely noticeable when clipped in.
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Old 09-12-14, 04:23 AM
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had some knee pain about 2 years ago but it happened because i decided to go weekend warrior on a whim and try a semi-difficult century after not riding more than 50 miles
at a go. developed some left knee pain on that first century ride about mile 62 to mile 70 in the same area you described and then it vanished for the rest of the ride. then,
on the next ride 2 days later, the pain came on after a mile and i wasn't able to ride pain free for about 2 weeks (gave it 2 flattish, short attempts of less than 3 miles apiece
during that time). since then, things have been great and have been logging 6,000+ miles a year (including 2 centuries a month) since. just went too hard too out of the blue
for the body back then. hope things improve for you promptly.
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Saddle might be positioned lower than it should. You might have been riding with too low gear/cadence thus you might have hurt your tendons.
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Went out today again, but this time with one of those McDavid level 1 Knee tensors. The neoprene ones. I felt no pain or discomfort at all while wearing it, and I kept a pretty strong pace for 40K. I still feel it a bit walking up and down stairs, but with that band I feel fine.
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Sounds basically like tendon strain.. 2-3 weeks of lesser duty or rest and then back to normal.
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