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MOMMABEAR45 Posts: 16
12/29/09 1:26 P

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I have gone to the doctor. (By the way I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday thus far!) I have Patellofemoral Syndrome. Which my doctor explained that the quads, (4 muscles in my thigh) are stronger on one side of my leg than the say the inside, causing my kneecap to be pulled over to rub on the femor bone, so I have to rest it, and do stretches and strengthening exercises for the weaker portions. A bit of overuse probably, on my bike and not enough other strengthening done otherwise. So I got my answer, and hopefully it's not on ongoing issue, cuz I am not giving up my biking! :)

Happy New Year everyone!

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12/23/09 2:48 P

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I don't use machines very often when I lift, but I've read that those leg extension machines are bad for your knees. Be careful!

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12/23/09 8:11 A

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I like this .... now I have pain at the top of the knee but it is not from riding though. I think I may not be seated right or have my feet in the right position or not performing the rep properly for me on the leg press? The leg press machine I use uses free weights ( I use 3 45 lbs on each side for a total of 270 lbs) I do 4 sets at 25 reps. The machine has you practically on the floor and inverted and you push up with it at about a 45 degree angle(?).

The only other leg strength exercise I do is leg extensions on a machine. (I do 60 lbs with 1 leg at a time 4 sets at 25 reps) My knee is at the pivot point of the machine.

Since I will now be entering a different phase in my training plan where I do 2-3 sets at 10 reps and more weight; I think I'm going to have a staff member watch me and show me the proper way to use each machine (yes I know I should have done this in the beginning but I'm a man what do you expect? Besides I used to weight lift when I was in high school for football .... nothing has changed in the last 30 years;-0 LOL)

So in esssence I think I may have tweaked something but I need to pay attention to what is going on before it gets torqued and I won't be able to lift at all for a few weeks.

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12/17/09 3:33 P

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I'm with IRISH - I think your bike fit is off.
I get some niggles on the trainer that I never get on the road in exactly the same position, but it's never knees or something like that. I'd definitely look around for a proper bike fit, or a refit if you've already done that.

Pain at top of knee generally means seat is too low, try raising it, say 0.5cm at a time. If you get pain in the back of the knee you've gone too far.

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12/16/09 1:38 P

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A couple of points:

It may not be your knee that is the problem. I have some knee pain, but the culprit is that I have tight/weak hips and glutes, so my quads try to compensate, and my knee takes the strain. Remember that everything is connected, so just because your pain is in your knee, that may not be the root of your problem.

Also, have you been fitted recently on your bike? Especially on a trainer where you are more locked into position, any out-of-alignment problems are likely to be multiplied.

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June 6 Mooseman 70.3 triathlon (6:30:25)
Aug 22 Timberman 70.3 triathlon (6:10:14)


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MOMMABEAR45 Posts: 16
12/16/09 12:08 P

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Thanks for the encouragement and the suggestions. I have been resting it as much as I can during this busy season. I really appreciate the advice and the support. I will get to the doctor....hopefully it's not serious. *avoidance is not the answer...*

The pain is at the top of the knee and it's VERY painful to get up from a crouching position. Feels like a band around the knee.
Icing helps. I've also put on my lower boots ....

But on a much happier note....Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays! Ride on for me and I'll join you when I'm well.

Gwen

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12/15/09 11:45 P

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DH had started having the same problem. He pays attention to keeping his knee properly aligned when he rides, started doing leg extensions to strengthen the front part of his knee, and wearing a knee support when he rides. It is getting better, but it has taken some work. Do follow RICE, and see your doctor for specific exercises to strengthen your knee.


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12/15/09 9:58 P

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I agree with BR. Try icing it 2-3 times a day for about 15 minutes at a time. Until you can see a doctor, follow RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Use an ace bandage if need be, and keep off of it as much as possible. I find the icing helps immensely in healing faster.

You don't say where on your knee the pain is. Is it under the kneecap, behind the knee, to one side or the other, or in front just below the kneecap? You can look up your pain symptoms on Webmd.com or Runnersworld.com. While you obviously should not self-diagnose an injury, it might give you an idea of what it could be.

Good luck and I wish you speedy recovery.

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12/15/09 8:26 P

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You probably should get it looked at to make sure it is nothing serious. That way you won't do further damage to it. Maybe try icing it down after a ride and see if that helps



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MOMMABEAR45 Posts: 16
12/15/09 7:34 P

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Not sure if this was previously discussed...but my left knee is quite painful after riding my bike. I finished my commuting ride at the end of November when the snow fell. I have since only gone on my bike (trainer) once and then stopped as my knee was in a lot of pain for days afterwards. I also wear heeled boots, and think they probably don't help. Any suggestions or similar experiences and how did you remedy the situation? I don't want to give up riding for the winter. Thanks...

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