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Offline singularapathy

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Worried about my knee-- unsure if it's injured or not...
« on: July 27, 2007, 06:45:19 AM »
I'm unsure whether this is serious or not, but here we are. I've been running for about three months now-- I had run before that, been on sports teams, etc. So it's not like I was unfit to run (I'm 5'11," 150 lbs, only 22 years old). However, I noticed two days ago that, when stretching, my knee crackled sort of like how bubblewrap does when you twist it. It only did this once, and popped a few times afterwards when I stretched again.

It did NOT hurt. However, I was leery, as that's never happened before, and I didn't run on it.

I ran on it yesterday, and I felt a bit of pressure on my right knee (the top of it)--but about how much I usually feel. It didn't hurt to run, but I think I might be running hard on my knee. Is this something to be worried about? Any suggestions or tips for prevention? I'm doing about 15 minutes of stretches that target my legs before I run, and I'm only running 3.5 miles each time.

I'm also taking multivitamins, have no real history of familial arthritis, etc.  Perhaps I'm running on it oddly?  I used to get shin splints-- when my shins do hurt, it tends to be my left shin-- perhaps I'm running oddly and it's pressuring both my left shin and right knee? 

At this point, at the least, I'm taking until next Wednesday off from running and resorting to biking. I usually run about 3-4 days a week and bike another two, but I'll just bike daily and couple it with my lifting.

The biking should help with the quadriceps, too; I know a lot of knee injuries in runners are caused by strong hamstrings (running) and uneven quadriceps.

To add a bit more interest to all of this, when I was working out earlier today (lifting), I decided to try some leg curls (leg lifts? I am unsure the name of the machine. I'm sure you get the gist of it) to stress test my knee, and there was no pain whatsoever.

I'm only concerned about the popping because it's isolated in my right knee. If both knees were popping, I'd shrug it off. I'd rather not tear my meniscus or something like that, though I only run maybe 20ish miles a week, at most, so I don't know why my knee would be having issues.

I just don't want this to turn into something serious. Better safe than sorry, you know? Thoughts?

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Re: Worried about my knee-- unsure if it's injured or not...
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2007, 09:52:32 AM »
Hi

Well - I think that it`s important to get it checked out by an Orthopaedic Consultant as you have not mentioned if the knee has been examined by a Doctor or not.

However, dont leave it to chance.

Best wishes

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Re: Worried about my knee-- unsure if it's injured or not...
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2007, 12:36:25 PM »
I agree with John ~ If you're just not sure what's happening, let am orthopedic person check it out. You have too many years ahead of you to allow what could be an injury to escalate into something that will lead to bigger problems down the road. Wish you well...Ellie
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