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Knee Pain

TimBurrTimBurr Posts: 3
I have returned to MTB'ing after a long lay off. I bought myself a Trek Top Fuel as I intend to do XC racing with a bit of trail riding.

All was going great and I have completed my first race in the Sport Category. Came last but I mainly viewed it as learning experince.

So my fitness is OK (considering where I started from) but I have developed knee pain in my left knee. It started weekend before last on a cold snowy ride where aach down stroke resulted in a pain on the outside of the knee.

I have tried a couple of light rides since but the pain comes back after 20mins and progressivly gets worse with each downstroke. So I ended up in a low gear going slowly just to get home.

Not sure where to start with getting it fixed.

Could it be I just over did it or could my bike set up be wrong?

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  • MatteeboyMatteeboy Posts: 996
    Unless you whacked it, you may have an unstable knee joint.

    Mine has just been spotted as unstable and could have been with me for life (I'm 32) but I only realised after I walloped it and the pain refused to go away.

    Might be an idea to see a physio - also make sure your saddle is the right height (legs almost straight at the bottom of a downstroke but make sure your hips don't rock - too high).

    The physio on mine is working unbelievably quickly.
    Two Stumpjumpers, a Rockhopper Disk and an old British Eagle.

    http://www.cornwallmtb.kk5.org
  • TimBurrTimBurr Posts: 3
    I think I will head back to bike shop for them to check my set up, saddle height and SPD set up. I have one leg marginally longer than the other (1cm) which might complicate it a bit.
  • KonaMikeKonaMike Posts: 805
    I think your on the right track with setup,my mate had problems when he first used SPD's but after moving the saddle forward he was fine.
  • NikBNikB Posts: 243
    Matteeboy wrote:

    Mine has just been spotted as unstable and could have been with me for life (I'm 32) but I only realised after I walloped it and the pain refused to go away.

    That seems unlikely unless they are being very loose about the definition of unstable. An unstable stifle joint leads to significant pain and arthritic change which I'm sure you would have noticed. Is it not more likely that the whack has done some damage to cause a destabilisation?
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  • MatteeboyMatteeboy Posts: 996
    NikB wrote:
    Matteeboy wrote:

    Mine has just been spotted as unstable and could have been with me for life (I'm 32) but I only realised after I walloped it and the pain refused to go away.

    That seems unlikely unless they are being very loose about the definition of unstable. An unstable stifle joint leads to significant pain and arthritic change which I'm sure you would have noticed. Is it not more likely that the whack has done some damage to cause a destabilisation?

    Nope - turns out I have a slightly flat right foot. I run and cycle a hell of a lot and the only time it has ever given me grief is once about 5 years ago in a kickboxing competition.
    My muscles on the inside of my knee are weaker than they should be and I'm doing daily physio (+ got a shoe insert) to try and correct it. Guess it was pretty minor but could have got worse.
    Two Stumpjumpers, a Rockhopper Disk and an old British Eagle.

    http://www.cornwallmtb.kk5.org
  • Greg_mGreg_m Posts: 15
    if its on downstroke then its muscle contraction related. Was it cause by the ride or has it come on since?

    It could be something as simple as a muscle pull or a tendon straign, but could be anything really. Hard to say. Best thing is to seek mediacal advice be it sports related/oteopath or doctor
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