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Catrin2011-04-05 06:20:02 +0000 #1
I am trying to decide how much attention to give this - I do have mild arthritis in one knee and there is some mild degeneration. My recent PT did tell me to not get too concerned about it, he thinks that as I regain my leg strength that the knee will calm back down. That makes sense to me, and he did spend some time examining my knee.

I had two glorious rides this weekend, and while there was no actual pain or discomfort, I was quite aware of a specific spot in the upper right portion of my right knee - it is difficult to describe but there was no pain, or throbbing, or warmth or anything like that. This is not the usual area that does hurt when my knee flares up. I did have two layers on my legs, I don't know if perhaps my knees might have been a little more constricted than normal. I have not felt this on the spinning bike at all.

I did focus on riding as steady of a pace as I could. I kept my cadence between 78-89 and as close to 84-85 as I could and made myself remember to downshift on the hills in the park to give my knee as much a break as possible. There didn't seem to be any difference in how the knee felt but it seemed a good idea.

There was no post-ride pain or discomfort - though my knee is cranky this morning it is in a different (usual) spot.

Any knee-friendly tips? I don't want to wind up injured again... I do wonder if not clipping in might be a problem for my knee.

OakLeaf2011-04-05 06:34:52 +0000 #2
Tights or knee warmers can sometimes pull my kneecaps out of alignment. Hopefully that's all it was...
KnottedYet2011-04-05 06:57:35 +0000 #3
Have you raised your saddle yet?
Catrin2011-04-05 07:05:27 +0000 #4

Originally Posted by KnottedYet

Have you raised your saddle yet?

I think that it is about where it should be, we have been raising it over time. I am taking my current bike to the LBS Friday and will have them check my position. I thought about this yesterday and checked out my knee position in the down-stroke while I was riding and it looked pretty good but it is so hard to tell when I am riding.

Added: I now have an appointment with my fitter to check my saddle height.


Originally Posted by OakLeaf

Tights or knee warmers can sometimes pull my kneecaps out of alignment. Hopefully that's all it was...

I was wondering if this was possible, especially with both leg warmers and tights. The tights aren't THAT tight. I certainly have not noticed this same sensation in spinning class, and lately I've been putting extra time before class to work on endurance. My left knee was fine this weekend, while it also sounds like rice krispies it is in better shape...
Catrin2011-04-05 07:01:20 +0000 #5
I went to spinning last night, and it certainly felt much better but there is still something going on with my knee. I think it is just one of my usual arthritis flares brought on by being insane enough last week to think that I could run a little and it should pass. It actually felt better after spinning than before - though I did take it a little easy.

However, given my propensity to ignore stuff I shouldn't, and remembering my protracted recovery period & not wanting a repeat of the fall - I've an appointment with my doctor to make certain that it isn't anything more than that. There is no instability, and the discomfort is minor - but it seems wise to check it out as it is now more than a week. I am currently treating it with good old RICE.
Catrin2011-04-05 08:23:29 +0000 #6
I did go to the doctor, and for someone who doesn't run, I seem to have developed "Runners Knee" (chondromalacia). So no more running, but I do have permission to keep on riding and spinning

whewww! I will, however, stay in the saddle during spinning class right now until things feel better. It will also help to regain my leg strength lost in my protracted recovery period - especially with the arthritis. The knee feels much better than even yesterday, but I am glad that I went and of course am doing what he suggested. Don't want a repeat of last fall...
Bluetree2011-04-05 06:52:18 +0000 #7
Recent studies: www.arthritisresearc...supplements_may.aspx are showing that creatine may help. Also, try adding powdered glucosamine chondroitin MSM to your diet.

I use creatine-G/C/MSM-glutamine supplements daily and it has done wonders for my knees.



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