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The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: Funtboy on October 11, 2008, 09:06:04 AM

Title: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: Funtboy on October 11, 2008, 09:06:04 AM
Or should that be Kneebie?

Hi all, hope you can help!

Anyway, I have a niggly knee injury and I'm not sure how to treat it. It surfaced a few months ago out of the blue. I'm 39 and never had a knee injury before. I can't even pinpoint the specific incident that caused it but I had just started playing football again after a break of 2 years and had taken up cycling for the first time since childhood.

After my injury surfaced, I stopped exercising which helped a little. I went back to cycling and that seemed to improve my knee a lot. I had a sneaky game of 5-a-side football which knocked my knee right back to square one. It seems that twisty movements cause it grief but straight forward movement (cycling) seems to strengthen it a bit.

However, after an initial improvement on the bike, I seem to have plateaued out. What exercises should I try before throwing myself on the mercy of the NHS?
 
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: jathib on October 11, 2008, 01:17:35 PM
Biking is the best thing for knees as long as your bike fits properly. Anything that straightens the quads. Sounds like you'll need to deal with the NHS. Sorry.
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: Funtboy on October 11, 2008, 02:37:10 PM
I think it fits. I'm not sure. Thanks for the advice anyway, cheers!
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: The KNEEguru on October 13, 2008, 03:23:57 PM
Pain only with twisting movements hints that the meniscus may be involved.
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: Funtboy on October 14, 2008, 09:28:59 PM
Meniscus eh? What is it and how do I fix it?
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: maryc on October 14, 2008, 11:40:52 PM
Follow this link to the Sepcialists office ---> miniscus - you'll find a lot of information
http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?board=19.0
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: jathib on October 15, 2008, 01:33:19 PM
Meniscus eh? What is it and how do I fix it?

You cannot fix it yourself. A meniscus can't heal on its own because there is no blood supply. If it becomes bothersome you can have surgery to remove the torn bits.
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: Funtboy on October 15, 2008, 08:11:04 PM
 Thanks all. I'm not in agony and I can barely feel it at all when I'm cycling. Does that fit with this possible diagnosis?

Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: rkd1987 on October 16, 2008, 05:08:22 AM
It certainly does. it's not at all uncommon for only a particular type of motion to cause pain in an injury to a meniscus - or even some other parts of the knee if the injury is small enough. What you do worry about though is the increased risk of . In a lot of cases you'd be better off getting the minor injury fixed in an effort to avoid a major injury being caused by said minor injury...
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: jathib on October 16, 2008, 02:46:02 PM
Thanks all. I'm not in agony and I can barely feel it at all when I'm cycling. Does that fit with this possible diagnosis?

Absolutely. I could bike and mountain bike just fine with a blown out meniscus. Had a bugger of a time with stairs though.
Title: Re: Newbie here in need of guidance...
Post by: Funtboy on October 16, 2008, 10:43:20 PM
Hmmmm. Thanks. May have a jog on it and see what happens...