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#1 Dan Broadberry

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 02:24 PM

Hi all,


I'm currently cycling a large distance each day (approximately 30-40 miles). During the day I start to develop a pain at the top of my shin just below my knee. The pain occurs at different times each day and is usually ok the next morning, however the pain returns quicker the next day during cycling.


The pain does not seem to be muscular but rather coming from either the top of my shin bone or from within the joint itself. It is a dull pain that is uncomfortable rather than agonising. It is more noticable when there is weight or pressure on the knee. My knee also seems to seize up if left in the same position for a short period of time (15-20 minutes).


I'm completely clueless to what the problem might be, but whatever it is cycling appears to aggravate it.


I'm wondering if anybody has had a similar problem and might be able to shed some light on the cause, some prevention or solution to the problem and opinions on whether I should seek medical advice?


Thanks in advance,


#2 Kevin McMahon

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:56 PM

Is the pain on the lateral (outside) aspect of the shin bone (tibia)?

Does it feel like someone is ''pulling at the surface'' of the shin bone?

If so, it sounds like ITB syndrome, or ilio-tibial band syndrome, caused by repetitive motion (pedaling) and  inappropriate position of your femur/tibia/foot.  It is an inflammation of the connective tissue around the muscles that go from yur hip bone to your shin bone on the outside of the leg.


Stretching the ITB with a foam roller (found at Dick's sporting goods) for a few days and geting a proper bike fitting should clear it up within a few days-week.


Do this before it gets worse though!


Hope that helps.



#3 Dave Cutter

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:08 PM

Originally Posted by Kevin McMahon View Post

.....geting a proper bike fitting....


Do this before it gets worse though!




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I have always heard that the burning pain just above the knee means the saddle is too low.... stress below the knee [or shin] means the saddle it too high. Of course... a riders position on the saddle can change with something as simple as new shoes, pedals, shorts, or even weight gain.

#4 Dan Broadberry

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 09:15 AM

the pain is over the front of the knee rather than to one side so I don't think it's my ITB. However, irritation by repetitive motion does seem to be what's causing the pain. Is there a similar piece of tissue, to the ITB, over the front of the knee, or from the patella to the tibia that could also suffer from such a thing?


If should I go about adjusting my position to reduce irritation?

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