Knee Pain.

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by sawyer280769, 23 Jul 2012.

  1. sawyer280769

    sawyer280769 Senior Member

    I was a bit tired after my ride yesterday but not totally knackered. Went to bed only to wake about 0230 with a really sharp pain in my right knee. It was absolutely thumping. The pain is running down my knee cap (patella tendon?) I have had a lot of injuries doing other sports in the past and I think its tendonitis. Is this a common type of injury for cyclists?
  2. wheres_my_beard

    wheres_my_beard Über Member

    Hey, sorry to hear about your pain.

    I had weeks of similar pain when I started riding singlespeed, as I was having to push hard in a higher gear than i was used to on hills, but found that with some pain relief, practice and time, my knees got over it. and strenghtened.

    I found that anti-inflammatory gel works a treat on my knee pain, which sounds similar to yours. I have some Ketoprofen from my GP, which was for a wrist pain, but the gel version of Ibuprofen probably does the same thing.

    Take it easy with the riding until the pain goes naturally though, or you could aggravate it.
  3. OP

    sawyer280769 Senior Member

    Th last 10 miles yesterday was against a headwind and up a few hills so maybe overdi it a wee bit.
  4. rollinstok

    rollinstok Well-Known Member

    Is your saddle the correct height ? if its too low this can affect your knees
  5. albion

    albion Veteran

    South Tyneside
    Also happened to me too as I turned over in bed. Unforgettable pain.
    I had been diagnosed with Osteo Arthritis a few years before so this a cue to abandon an initial comeback attempt.
    The long hill home on a road bike with not enough spinning low gears was certainly to blame.

    A year later I got tempted by a new hybrid bike and things have actually improved after 2 years of spinning.
    I do have my saddle higher but it is obviously not the prime cause.
  6. Brommyboy

    Brommyboy Über Member

    Sounds like a combination of saddle too low, gears used too high, and basic unfitness!
  7. OP

    sawyer280769 Senior Member

    Done a bit of research and looks like my saddle was a bit low and I will have to learn how to utilise my gears a bit better LOL!
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