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     saggle updated 11 years, 10 months ago 11 Members · 16 Posts
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  • vince

    Member
    21 January 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Been having a bit of trouble with my right knee,started to ache a bit whilst riding and is painful for few days following a good ride.On Monday i was over at a Sports Injuries Clinic @ James Cook Hospital,had the knee x rayed and stuff.I’m told there is no damage to the knee or cartilage and they said the pain is caused by shortening of the hamstrings,a common problem in cyclists.Anyone else had any similar problems ??? I’m waiting on a physio appointment,see if they can sort it out.

  • Gunner

    Member
    22 January 2009 at 4:14 pm

    .I’m told there is no damage to the knee or cartilage and they said the pain is caused by shortening of the hamstrings,a common problem in cyclists.

    So, if you hadn’t told them you cycled, what do you think they might have attributed the pain to ❓

    I presume you are only cycling with your right leg and allowing your left leg to dangle freely 😕 😕

    What tests did they do to arrive at the conclusion that your hamstrings had shortened…………sit and reach, standing extensor, …………. ❓

    You must certainly be putting the ruddy miles in Vince, that’s all I can say…

    I hope I don’t sound too flippant above, but I’d say that the majority of the population has shortened hamstrings, mainly as a result of never exercising, I would say that your moderate cycling would have increased the flexibility and strength of your hamstrings.

  • HarryB

    Member
    22 January 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Gunner you old cynic

    I’ve heard of shortened hamstrings bringing about lower back pain (get it myself) but never heard of it contributing to knee pain, especially just one knee.

  • Gunner

    Member
    22 January 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Exactly, and hamstrings wouldn’t really be shortened by cycling, they may become tight but the remedy for that is very straightforward and rectified by a simple stretching routine, and I mean simple.

    I’d be more interested in the immediate events leading to the start of when you noticed the pain, any knocks to the area, any sudden sprint movement, particularly a sudden lateral movement of the knee.

    I’m not normally a supplement or tablet person, but one thing I can recommend for the knee joint is Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

    Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body where it plays a role in the smooth working of the joints and helps maintain connective tissues. Chondroitin is part of a large protein molecule which is found within cartilage, offering structure and elasticity.

    In my opinion, IT WORKS 😉

  • hugo15

    Member
    23 January 2009 at 12:20 pm
  • vince

    Member
    23 January 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I hope I don’t sound too flippant above

    Not at all,if i didn’t want other peoples input or opinions i wouldn’t of put the post up.

    So, if you hadn’t told them you cycled, what do you think they might have attributed the pain to

    What you saying ? That possibly because i said i do a bit of cycling,they have maybe used it as a convenient cause of the problem ? It does imo seem to be caused by the riding,other exercise doesn’t seem to affect it.I havn’t knocked it or anything that i can recall,and its been a problem now on and off for over 12 months.It may not be the Hamstrings it could be something as simple as bike set up ? Opinions ? I dont know any better myself but what else can i do other than listen to the advice of the so called professionals and post on here to get the view of more experienced cyclists ?

    I presume you are only cycling with your right leg and allowing your left leg to dangle freely Confused Confused

    Am i really that slow on the bike ??? 😉

    What tests did they do to arrive at the conclusion that your hamstrings had shortened…………sit and reach, standing extensor

    They looked at the range of movement or should that be lack of range,in the leg/knee with various exercise’s and positions.I’ve never been the most flexible but she said the hamstring were tight.Rightly or Wrongly ? Time will tell.

    You must certainly be putting the ruddy miles in Vince, that’s all I can say…

    What makes you say that ? Possibly overdoing it you think ?

    I take glucosamine daily,but have never heard of Chondroitin.Have you had problems in the past or are they just a preventative measure ?

    I’ve heard of shortened hamstrings bringing about lower back pain (get it myself) but never heard of it contributing to knee pain, especially just one knee.

    Harry i do suffer on and off with my lower back and occasionally sciatica,this i’m told is caused by Prolapsed Disc’s (L5 L6) the majority of that bother is right sided aswell.I made the hospital aware of this but they never linked the two.When i first had the back trouble(2000) cycling along with swimming was the exercise they recomended 😆

    I’m going now i’m starting to sound like the resident Hypochondriac 😆

    cheers for the input fellas 😉

  • Gunner

    Member
    23 January 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Vince, as some one who has exercised all their life and perormed martial arts for the last 30 years, I have had more than my fair share of injuries, aches and pains etc., etc., particularly with my knees 🙄 🙄

    I think I’d look at your bike set up very carefully, as a first response, particularly the range of motion your leg/knee is going through whilst pedalling.

    Are you overextending on the push pedal stroke, a classic cause of knee pain, easily characterized by your hips “rocking” as you ride due to overpushing the pedal.

    I suffered terrible knee pain, strange as it seems, due to riding with Biopace chainrings many years ago (oval) I would never have thought it possible, but as soon as I switched to normal rings the pain stopped.

    How mad is that.

    🙄 🙄

  • mr-marty-martin

    Member
    23 January 2009 at 9:06 pm

    how about posting some pics of your bike

    i remember someone posting pics of there bike set up toatally wrong 😉

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    10 February 2009 at 9:41 pm

    My right knee audibly ‘clicks’ on every step when walking down a flight of stairs.

    I put it down to the running – can’t blame the bike, can I? 😉 )

  • saggle

    Member
    7 May 2009 at 9:56 pm

    i suffer alot with both knees and hae to stop to stretch them i seen a specialist and they said i have bits of broken bone and crystals forming round my knees to i have to give them a good massage which takes about 10 mins thats why i aint been out with u guys yet. all i do is take some pain killers 30 mins b4 i go out and do the exercises the physio told me to do hope this helps

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    7 May 2009 at 10:14 pm

    The knee is nature’s joke against the human body!

    Probably the greatest ever short distance time triallist that this country has ever seen is my old clubmate Alf Engers, who was having constant knee problems (usually cartilage), so much so that he actually had both his kneecaps removed surgically in the 1960s.

  • saggle

    Member
    7 May 2009 at 10:19 pm

    i think ill stick to painkillers then lol

  • mannytkd

    Member
    1 June 2009 at 10:33 am

    I’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both my knees and i’m only 43.

    I’ve been told this has been caused from all the years of fitness i’ve done and from what i’ve read here it is has to be the conditioning from stretching that has to be done. I’m a black belt in martial arts and know of many many ways of stretching and most here will also know ways of stretching…..plenty of water will also help stop crapping up.

  • homeriscool

    Member
    7 June 2009 at 4:08 pm

    My right knee audibly ‘clicks’ on every step when walking down a flight of stairs.

    I put it down to the running – can’t blame the bike, can I? 😉 )

    i too have the old knee clicking , couldnt get rid of it , and at times it hurts. only way i can get rid of it for a bit is too stay off the bike, and it seems to go away:)

  • n3ver3nder

    Member
    7 June 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Mannytkd, can I assume that the tkd stands for TaeKwon Do? If so, you wouldn’t by any chance be with TAGB would you?

    I used to be, but my club moved association. After that we stopped using ‘hip twist’ in patterns as much, and the associated quick tweaking of the knees. A lot of the older guys said since stopping the hip twist, their knees didn’t ache nearly as much the day after a pattern heavy class!

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