Knee pains, need advice, PLEASE!!!!!!!

Knee pains, need advice, PLEASE!!!!!!!

Post by Angelo Macch » Sun, 30 Jun 1996 04:00:00


        For the past week during my riding sessions (three in total) I
have experienced some pain in my left knee that has never appeared before
hand.  The pain is not so much a constant sensation but peaks during the
"downstroke" portion of my pedal cycle when force is being applied by my
legs.  The pain is magnified going up an incline (corelation between
increase in force applied and increase in pain).
        Please excuse my lack of human physio knowledge but the pain is
located just under my left knee cap area (if one were looking at me
directly it would be centered at the 2 o'clock position on or under the
knee cap).  I'm assuming this is a tendon problem (tendonitis, sp?) and
would like some advice as to what to do about it.  The pain is greatest
after 40km of riding and then disappears after a few days.  During that
time I do not ride ( as I find the pain too much to deal with) but do once
the pain disappears and the cycle starts again.

Does or has anyone suffered the same fate and if so could you please
advise me on what to do because I would dearly love to ride again without
the pain I'm experiencing.

Also would going to a doctor help at all or would I have to go to someone
a little more specialized such as a sports injury specialist.

Any and all info is greatly appreciated.

Angelo Macchia

 
 
 

Knee pains, need advice, PLEASE!!!!!!!

Post by Garry Le » Sun, 30 Jun 1996 04:00:00

If you've changed your shoes or cleats there could be a problem with that.
you could have a touch of Chondromalacia Patellae.
This hurts coming downstairs.

Advice.

Wait a few days.
Ride cleatless for the time being.
No big gears.
Stand climbing.
If you have chondromalacia you will need to do static quad exercises.

 
 
 

Knee pains, need advice, PLEASE!!!!!!!

Post by John M Mathieso » Fri, 05 Jul 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> If you've changed your shoes or cleats there could be a problem with that.
> you could have a touch of Chondromalacia Patellae.
> This hurts coming downstairs.

> Advice.

> Wait a few days.
> Ride cleatless for the time being.
> No big gears.
> Stand climbing.
> If you have chondromalacia you will need to do static quad exercises.

I would also add straight leg lifts which will help strengthen inner thigh
muscles, or so I am told.

 
 
 

Knee pains, need advice, PLEASE!!!!!!!

Post by Garry Le » Sat, 06 Jul 1996 04:00:00

NO. Don't think they do. Chondromalacia is caused by weakness of Vastus
medialis which is the medial (inner) part of quadriceps femoris muscle.
It only really acts as the leg nears being straight.

 
 
 

Knee pains, need advice, PLEASE!!!!!!!

Post by Eleanor MacMast » Sat, 06 Jul 1996 04:00:00

AND the quadriceps, including vastus medialus can be strengthened
through weight training -- which to my mind is one of its
primary functions.  Leg extensions -- be careful not to use
too much weight. You want to strengthen the muscles, not
damage or strain them.  (Leg press, lunges, too and for
balance hamstring curls).