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Worried about Knees

Zippinalong2011-10-01 19:15:31 +0000 #1
My knees have been aching for about 9 days now and it doesn't show signs of getting any better. At first I thought maybe I was mashing too much on a bike ride before this happened and after a couple of days I'd start to feel better. But after 9 days I feel a touch better but not any significant improvement. I'm starting to wonder if it could be the dreaded Chondromalacia.

It is both knees that feel this way though the left feels a tad worse. I haven't ridden at all in 9 days hoping that would help (no exercising either...) and I'm starting to go through biking withdrawal .

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Has anyone else had this experience? I am planning on calling an Ortho doc tomorrow to see if I can get in the next day or two.
indysteel2011-10-01 19:26:49 +0000 #2
Where, specifically, does it hurt?
Zippinalong2011-10-01 19:38:10 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by indysteel

Where, specifically, does it hurt?

It's kinda generalized around the front of the knee. I guess maybe around the kneecap? I feel it when going up stairs. Also I feel some tightness when flexing the knee. It's not like sharp pains or anything. Just a constant ache.
Melalvai2011-10-01 19:29:06 +0000 #4
Is your saddle high enough? If it was a saddle height issue I'd think it'd go away after 9 days off the bike. Front of the knee hurting is the classic indication that your saddle is too low. My entirely inexpert opinion is stay off the bike and walk a lot (where "a lot" is determined by what is comfortable, don't injure it worse by walking too much).
OakLeaf2011-10-01 20:29:15 +0000 #5
I'd expect it to be worse going downstairs, though, if it were a saddle height/kneecap tracking thing.

I've had mine take longer than that to resolve, a couple of times. Are your knees swollen? A little puffy between the kneecap and the tibia?

The good news about "chondromalacia" aka patellofemoral syndrome is that with good knee alignment on your bike (seat height for sure, but also cleat alignment and crankarm length) and some guidance on strengthening the right muscles, you should be fine. The ortho won't want to know you since it's totally non-surgical - get a referral for PT, find a good one, get a good bike fit, heal up quick.
Zippinalong2011-10-01 19:45:58 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Melalvai

Is your saddle high enough? If it was a saddle height issue I'd think it'd go away after 9 days off the bike. Front of the knee hurting is the classic indication that your saddle is too low. My entirely inexpert opinion is stay off the bike and walk a lot (where "a lot" is determined by what is comfortable, don't injure it worse by walking too much).

I was professionally fit and I've been riding all spring/summer and just experienced this recently. If my saddle was too low, wouldn't this issue have come up earlier?
Zippinalong2011-10-01 21:20:22 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by OakLeaf

I'd expect it to be worse going downstairs, though, if it were a saddle height/kneecap tracking thing.

I've had mine take longer than that to resolve, a couple of times. Are your knees swollen? A little puffy between the kneecap and the tibia?

The good news about "chondromalacia" aka patellofemoral syndrome is that with good knee alignment on your bike (seat height for sure, but also cleat alignment and crankarm length) and some guidance on strengthening the right muscles, you should be fine. The ortho won't want to know you since it's totally non-surgical - get a referral for PT, find a good one, get a good bike fit, heal up quick.

No, my knees are not swollen. You really think I should just go to a PT first without any kind of diagnosis? I though an Ortho would help with that? Or would the PT be able to diagnose?
OakLeaf2011-10-01 21:04:17 +0000 #8
Check your cleat bolts?

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