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Ageing knees

butcher of bakersfieldbutcher of bakersfield Posts: 1,233
edited February 2010 in Health, fitness & training
Not really bike related, but due to unfortunate genetic circumstances, my entire family, including myself seem to get bad knees. For me, it comes and goes - it can be there one week and gone the next - and has been like that for the past 10 years.

It's a pain that, when you squat, it feels like your knee cap is going to burst out. Or maybe that's a bit melodramatic, but it's kinda like that...a pain in your knee cap.

Obviously this doesn't help with anything that includes bending your leg and using pressure to straighten it again, like when you ride a bike...

Does anyone have any idea what this is, what causes it, or have any tips on improving my knees?

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  • asdfhjklasdfhjkl Posts: 333
    Your doctor is really the best person to consult about this. No point in us recommending you things to do without knowing how much rehabilitation you need or what the specific problem is.
  • The trouble is, my doctor's censored , I'd be sent out with painkillers, and it's not a major issue most of the time. I'm just wondering if anyone else has similar experience/advice, more out of curiosity than anything, for now.
  • 77ric77ric Posts: 601
    The trouble is, my doctor's censored , I'd be sent out with painkillers, and it's not a major issue most of the time. I'm just wondering if anyone else has similar experience/advice, more out of curiosity than anything, for now.

    get a referral to a specialist, while it's not an issue now doesn't mean it wont be later, i'd get it checked now before further issues occur.

    i assume your into your twenties at least? so not likely to be osgood schlatters disease, which usually occurs in teens and is normally grown out of, but occasionally it occurs in adults.

    my sister had it, her sons had to give up football throughout his late teens as the pain was too much, my brother had it and i've had it, though none of us 3 was as bad as my nephew.
    Fancy a brew?
  • I'm just past my 20s, unfortunately. I think it's more of a skeletal issue than anything as the entire family are not the most agile of people - it's a running joke that none of us can cross our legs.

    My dad has always had bad knees, now in 50s. He still gets about alright and occasionally rides without any real trouble. My sister has bad knees too, and the most active she generally gets is on a friday night, so not down to sporting activity.
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