“One knee says to another knee..”
I mentioned yesterday on Twitter that I’ve been having some knee pain recently. A little during cycling and then occasionally when I’m resting.
I got some really helpful suggestions back:
- aj_ux I forgot to tweet "also try an ibuprofen gel".
- petermeanwell I raised my seat as wasn’t getting full leg extension, plus adjust my toeclips towards the outside of the pedals, and it went
- phips73 Saddle too high? Do you rock side to side when you ride?
- AidanFarrow get rid of your old shoes (i’m talking ordinary shoes, not cycling shoes), replacing badly worn soles worked wonders for me.
- Roaders more seriously, I assume you have checked SPD setup and have knees covered below 10°C?
- bashthebox Try adjusting saddle position – that did it for me. Or your cleat position – helped a friend. Rest until the pain is gone.
- AndyKewell read this http://tinyurl.com/ydfw5mf and get some Arnica gel.
- cyclelizzy try a knee support. Found it helped me last year. All fine now.
- ecstaticgaucho Do stretches and have a bit of a rest… possibly see a physio..
- Anne24solo (puts physio head on). Suggest you dont ride through the pain. Get you and the bike looked at.
- tobycastle What sort of pain? Sharp stabby or dull ache? RICE best course of action. Rest Ice Compression Elevation.
- cyclegaz do you stretch after you ride? I have problems with my knee if I don’t stretch
- arthurpanos I had the same thing mate. rode through it but braced up my knee. all good now. good luck!
- presentedbynt have a good rest matey – you can always enjoy cycling after the rest! good osteopath can help you too good luck
- cgwlambert Rest, don’t ruin the chance to get out in the upcoming good weather. Riding will only make it worse… temp – 10C on Saturday
- nodgerjeffries @aj_ux also use single speed..but pain gone, put it down to cold xmas weather, ok since. Web full of cyclist bad knee probs
- Roaders use the other leg?
- ruthbowes select a gear or two lower than you normally would for a few days – it’s slower but also less strain on your knee. Helped me.
- nodgerjeffries Happened to me, knee prob common for cyclists, gave bike a rest and it went away. Put it down to cold – now wear trousers.
- dbfhorses 2 weeks rest and adjust the geometry of your riding position.
It was great to have everyone chime in with ideas. I’m going to put it down to two reasons: The cold and some trekking I did recently when we were on very rocky terrain.
As for the solution I think a rest is the best option. I’m going to keep cycling to a minimum and when I do go out only for very short runs and without putting too much pressure. If things persist I’ll talk to the doc and think about my bike fitting.
Never nice to realise you are fragile! Also I was recommended this article on Knee pain.
Anything I’m missing?
Image via mikebaird twitter
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