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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2013
     
    Has anyone hear dealt with knee pain due to cycling and has anyone seen a specialist for it?

    Specifically, over the last month I've had re-occurring pain in the front to the top of my right knee and I would like to have a doctor officially check me out. From my research I believe it's patella tendonitis but I would like to get confirmation. It's really reducing cycling and unfortunately when I do bike my thoughts are constantly focused on my knee.

    Could someone recommend a Sports Medicine MD who is a cyclist or may have specific knowledge of cycling injuries?

    Thanks!
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2013
     
    Dr. Adam Pacal at Sharp Rees-Stealy in Pt. Loma is a cyclist and specializes in internal medicine. He's my GP and has helped me with some cycling related pain in my lower back and glutes - showed me some stretching routines that have made a huge difference. I believe his bio on their website lists sports medicine as one of his primary areas of interest.

    Good luck getting the knee pain resolved!
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2013
     
    Personal opinion.

    Fit makes a HUGE difference with knee issues.

    I've had situations where I could hardly walk up stairs, due to a knee injury on a hike (took 2 years to heal) ... but because I had the right fit on the bike, I was able to ride (during this time and after) without pain.
    • CommentAuthorysa
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2013
     
    I don't have any personal experience with this clinic, but it sounds like it would fit the bill. I believe Dr. Richburg is a cyclist.

    http://www.sdsmpeakperformance.com/about.html
    • CommentAuthorbossvoss
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2013
     
    I had some problems in my right knee a couple years ago when I ramped up my miles (biking, hiking, fitness workouts) too quickly. I self-diagnosed this as a tight iliotibial band (ITB). What helped was:
    - backing off the miles and moving up more gradually
    - buying a roller and doing the ITB floor excercises like this:
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2013
     
    Thanks everyone! I hope I can get this resolved soon...
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2013 edited
     
    That is great info bossvoss

    Svelocity: Have you tried the more portable "The Stick." It travels well and you can perhaps use it few times a day.

    https://www.thestick.com/

    • CommentAuthorbossvoss
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2013
     
    BTW, the roller I bought was not the fancy looking one in the weblink I provided, it was the cheapest foam roller I could find at Sports Authority.

    Also, you know if you have a tight IT band if it really hurts when you use the roller. The more you loosen the IT band over time, the less it hurts
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    bikingbill:Personal opinion.

    Fit makes a HUGE difference with knee issues.

    I've had situations where I could hardly walk up stairs, due to a knee injury on a hike (took 2 years to heal) ... but because I had the right fit on the bike, I was able to ride (during this time and after) without pain.


    Agreed. Fit can make all the difference when it comes to knee pain. If I start to get a hint of pain in my knee, I'll usually raise the seat just the tiniest little bit. Say: .5-1 mm It can really make a difference. If that or more height in the seatpost doesn't help (you start getting ankle pains or feeling your hips rock a lot if you go too high), it's probably worth paying for a professional fitting. Definitely worth it.



    On a more odd topic, that may not quite belong in this thread: Has anyone experienced a problem with the back of the knee on longer, hotter rides; specifically the skin. If I'm out sweating for awhile on the bike the backs of my knees will start to get sticky (gross, I know) and uncomfortable. I'll shower off at home, but then that spot on the back of my knee will itch something awful for the next week or so. I feel like I should be able to just put some magic ointment on there to prevent/cure, but I don't know where to get magic ointments... any recommendations/similar experience out there?