I'm looking for any advice, thoughts, comments on a problem that is really getting hard for me. I'm a sporty guy, enjoy running (2 or 3 half marathons a year) and love cycling, both road and mountain biking...but for over a year now I've had knee pain in one knee following re-starting badminton in early 2010 and haven't been able to do any sport.
The pain is normally worse when walking downhill, or taking steps downwards and comes from right inside the knee or just just below patella. Sometimes pressing on the bottom of the kneecap is pretty painful. Sitting or standing in the same position can make the knee stiff/sore/achy and even just lying in bed in certain positions can. The knee is never swollen, but is often very hot to the touch.
I was advised this was tendonitis and have seen various doctors and physio's. So far we have tried months or RICE, followed by physio to loosen the hamstrings, physio to build up quad muscles, injections into the knee joint (this worked really well, but only for a week before the pain came back), ultrasound, shock wave therapy...
Unfortunately the pain is still there, and I've been advised all the way along to not do any sport while it is giving me pain...meaning I've done nothing for about 15 months now :-(
Can anyone say if they have gone through the same thing...and what has helped them? Also...from what I have read about tendonitis, is that once is changes to tendonsis there is no more inflammation....however given my knee is often very hot, does this mean I still have tendonitis?
I haven't tried eccentric exercises yet...but I am seeing the physio again tomorrow and will ask him about it. My concern is that given I am in some level of pain nearly 100% of the time currently, starting any sort of exercise could further damage the knee.
Sorry for the long rambling post...the lack of sport/exercise is really having an impact on me and I just needed to get this out somewhere.
Thanks for reading, and for any replies!!