I rode my bike to work today. My knee hurt.

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Comment by DamianM on July 20, 2009 at 11:39pm
That sucks.
I was almost ready to ride to work today, but something was telling me I should take it easy for another day. So I caught the bus.

Looking forward to riding tomorrow...
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on July 21, 2009 at 11:59am
Peter, it could be what Kylie said (you have recently been sick) but, if not - exactly where in your knee is the sore bit?
Comment by Peter H on July 21, 2009 at 12:32pm
The pain usually occurs either on top of the knee cap or below the knee cap. To me it sounds like some strained tendons (or ligaments). I'm probably just pushing up the hills a bit too hard, or it could have been that I have been off the bike for too long (I only rode to work on Monday last week + the ride to SOP on Saturday). Today my knee was ok.

But I have always had bad knees from my running days in high school.
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on July 21, 2009 at 12:56pm
I don't know why I asked 'cos I 've got no idea sorry. Hope you feel better soon. :-)
Comment by Peter H on July 21, 2009 at 2:49pm
I don't know why I asked 'cos I 've got no idea sorry. Hope you feel better soon. :-)

It's because you care for penguins :)
Comment by Kim on July 22, 2009 at 6:11am
Maybe you should go to the physio. You don't want to mess with your knees. I had patella tendinititis from running but now my weaken knee affects my whole leg muscles. I am constantly going back to the physio because something on my leg is in pain and it usually stems from my knee.
Comment by naomi on July 22, 2009 at 7:24am
I wear orthotics in my bike shoes - it has made the world of difference to my knees and to using the right leg and feet muscles for cycling and walking in general. It might be worth asking a professional if it looks like you may need them.
Comment by Peter H on July 22, 2009 at 8:10am
I think my knee pain is caused by something more serious as I have always found that the heel on my right foot wants to rotate outward (away from the bike) and my left foot wants to rotate inward (toward the bike), so I guess I am twisted like a pretzel.
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on July 22, 2009 at 10:23am
Yes, I wear orthotics in my bike shoes - and every other shoe except sandals or thongs. By the end of 2002 I had to give up running and was thinking of giving up all activity because of knee pain.

In January 2003, I decided to be more proactive about getting things fixed up. I had x-rays that revealed I had one leg shorter than the other which cause my hips to twist and my knees to move at an inefficient angle. My feet pronate too. Orthotics greatly helped reduce pain to the extent that I could walk long distances and play competition tennis about 3 times a week and cycle regularly.

However, by the end of 2005 I had to give up the tennis (too much knee twisting) and the only activity I could do was cycling.

After I bought the road bike and rode in the Great Escapade (very mountainous by Australian standards), my knees started to ache again and they have never recovered. That is why I am now faced with the prospect of total knee replacements before the end of this year.

Looking back, I definitely think the orthotics helped, but also there are some specific exercises that a physiotherapist or chiropractor or osteopath (any of them who specialise in sports therapy) can give you which I was not diligent about doing. :-(

Take care - you are still young enough to turn the problem around.


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