Side knee pain - advice appreciated

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  1. Virenque

    Virenque New Member

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    I would appreciate if someone knowledgeable can provide me with some tips on my knee problem I am experiencing. So, let me explain first in detail what is the situation. I am a recreational cyclist that does approximately 2.000 km between March and October. During the winter I play ice hockey. I basically never had any knee problems. I was riding my bike approximately twice a week between April and mid-July, including long intensive rides of 180 km for instance. My knees were always fine. After 10 days without riding my bike, I did a 6-day long hilly hiking trip with a rather heavy backpack. Pressure on my knees was substantial, however I still didn't have any pain. Maybe I should notice that I also did hiking before, however I didn't practice a lot this season before the aforementioned hike. After that hiking trip I started riding my bike again after in total of lets say 3 weeks off my bike. First day I did 70 km ride, while a second day I did a very tough ride over Mortirolo and Gavia in Italian Alps, in total of 120 km. Especially Mortirolo is a very steep climb as most of you here might have known, while on Gavia I was already feeling fatigue and therefore couldn't generate a high cadence. My lowest gear is 39x17 so the pressure on knees was very large on both climbs and on Gavia it was also cold with some rain during descent.

    So now to the point. I started feeling pain on the outer side of my left knee during my ascent on Gavia. Towards the end of the ride, the pain was pretty annoying and I couldn't use my left leg properly. In the following 2 weeks I did 4 shorter rides, including climbs and my knee always hurt at least towards the end of each ride. It is now one month since my partially infamous ride on Mortirolo and Gavia and pain is still persistent while riding a bike or walking stairs.

    I made some research on the internet and I assume I have some kind of tendonitis. The guidance says rest until the pain goes away and then gradually return to physical activity. My questions with this respect are now the following:
    1. Does that sound like tendonitis and what could cause it?
    2. Should I visit a doctor considering the pain is still persistent or does it normally take that long or even longer to heal?
    3. Should I completely rest, or is it better that I do some rides with higher cadences, not putting much pressure on left knee, even though I usually start feeling pain?
    4. What else can I do myself that would benefit my injured knee?

    I would like to thank you all for your answers already in advance!
     
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  2. katrinaalexa

    katrinaalexa New Member

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    Knee pain is the most common musculus skeletal complaint that brings people to their doctor. With today?s increasingly active society, the number of knee problems is increasing. Knee pain has a wide variety of specific causes and treatments. Diabetes also causes these type of pains, do you have diabetes? If yes so visit this page for cure. www.reversediabetesreviewscam.com
     
  3. maydog

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    I am not a doctor, but have a long history with a problematic knee. Currently I am dealing with my own seasonal flare up of issues, fall is a bad time for knee pain. I would advise against complete rest, unless the pain is unbearable. Instead light exercise, physical therapy, heat, NSAIDS and stretching will be more effective. Review your bike fit, perhaps raise the seat a little. Also consider getting some lower gearing to take some stress off your knees on the long climbs. If the pain persists or worsens, see a specialist.
     
  4. AyeYo

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    I have the same type of issue as you. I've never gotten it diagnosed, but it's pretty clearly tendonitis. It's fine as long as I'm riding regularly and keeping my knees moving. I recently had a decline in my average weekly miles due to weather. I went from doing 150+ miles per week to 40-60 very easy miles per week for a month. Then last week I did a metric century, a CX race, and then a full century. I was limping around for two days following the last ride. Both knees recovered fully in 48hrs.
     
  5. maydog

    maydog Well-Known Member

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    Don't be so quick to diagnose. There is not a lot of tendon on the lateral aspect of the knee. Ligaments, meniscus, cartilage and bone are there but the tendons are in the front and behind.
     
  6. Maxcherry

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    You could try adjusting your setup. I had side knee pain, but I found moving my saddle slightly forward
    and adjusting the height fixed it up. I ride SS 42:16 with normal pedals.

    May be worth getting a bike fit as doctors would string the situation out over a simple problem.
     
  7. peteralbert110

    peteralbert110 New Member

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    I had some knee pain below my knee, only when I run. Did some sprinting and football about 10 days ago after passing lanes on the concrete, the pain began. I am a firefighter nursing staff, I also can work in day-to-day activities, functions with any questions. I don't have any pain when I walk, elliptical trainer, or sit for a long period of time. The pain was bad enough when made me limp and jogged, run, or try to run without putting too much pressure on my right leg. I have tries to give the knee a couple of times, because of this incident, but I think due to fewer calves recently. I had a doctor's appointment scheduled for next week, but I just wanted to see if anyone had any similar symptoms. Any help would be greatly appreciated Vitiligo Miracle Scam. Thank you for your time. ​
     
  8. Vickeree

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    It sounds to me like it is ITBS although I'm not a doctor so I can't really be sure. Try doing some stretches before your training and rate your pain before and after from a scale of 1-10. If it is on the 7-10 then you might want to take a rest for a bit and consider having a rehab day where you train for recovery and injury prevention using exercises like yoga and foam rolling sessions.
     
  9. wilsomedy

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    It is really very painful when anybody face knee problem. I also facing very long time pain in my left knee. I know, its paining alot when i move and walk long miles. but i can't stop to move it. My closest friend suggest me for check up from physio. So i went for and now i feels better. You can also go there clinic which is in caterham. After check up, surely you will feel better.
     
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