Thanks for the advice everyone. I was so surprised about the knee pain on my ride because it was a pretty typical distance for me and a relatively easy ride to boot. I don't think I did anything different then usual. Although maybe I pushed it too much up a hill or something like that.
Although I don't really want to, I think that rest is probably the best thing. Hopefully it will start feeling better so that I can do some more riding soon!
If the pain isn't going away with ibuprofen plus R-I-C-E for a couple of weeks, then it's probably time to have a chat with your friendly doc. If you have damaged something, it's not going to go away without help...
I hurt both my knees in the Army years ago (Airborne!!) and in the last couple of years have had to have them scoped. Still slowly recovering from the last scope procedure - not a lot of fun, but I expect to recover in better condition than I started. They can do a LOT with modern surgical techniques...
Knee pain plagued me last week, and I stayed off the bike for 9-10 days, per instructed by my sister who is an r.n. I would ice it/ take ibuprophen or aleve, and basically took care of it, via the Rest,ice,compression, elevation. It actually was from an older injury where I tore my acl, years ago, and she wanted to know if I could think of what I did to put pressure on the knee cap. Yes, I was cleaning under the bed, kneeling down on it! It is fine now. Take care with your knees, keep in a lower gear going up hills, make sure your seat is adjusted properly and that goes for everything else too: shoes, pedals, etc. Cycling as a sport has been really good for my knees. I flew up and down hills today. Gotta love it!
Resting the knee is probably the best thing to do.
Thinking about it, is the pain behind the kneecap? If so you may want to check seat height as pain behind the knee is one of the indicators that your seat may be too low.
Other things to consider - is 20 miles a typical distance for you on the trail? If not then maybe you went too far. Also were you turning too big a gear? Or didn't warm up properly - I get knee twinges if I do big ring stuff before warming up properly...
If it continues I'd suggest going to the docs.
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I went on about a 20 mile trail ride this past weekend and my left knee was a bit tender near the end of the ride. Since then, whenever I ride (especially when I am pushing it, or riding up hill) I've been having sharp pain in bottom of my knee. I've tried icing and some stretching, but neither have really helped much. Has this happened to anyone else? Do you have any suggestions for stretches or anything else I could try, either before or after riding? Thanks! Dan
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