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Stiff knee & sometimes I can hear it snap (no pain)
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:54:45 AM »
Hi,

Five days ago I went for a 5-7 kilometer run. A few more kilometers than what I usually run.

The same day or the day after my right knee felt a bit weird. There is no pain whatsoever in my knee or leg. Instead it feels stiff and especially after sitting on a chair. I experience the stiffness in my knee and on the back of the knee. Sometimes when I walk around I can hear my knee snap. Still no pain, just a snap.

Since I started to feel this way, 4-5 days ago, I've avoided to exercise my legs in wait for it to heal. For about 3 years I've ran 3-5 kilometers every second day and this is the first time I've felt like this.

The only thing which I remember which may be the cause of this from the time I ran 5 days ago is that I ran downhill where it was snow/ice which caused my feet to push down quite hard in order not to fall and get a better hold of the road.

Do you have any idea what I should do or what's wrong?

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Re: Stiff knee & sometimes I can hear it snap (no pain)
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2014, 12:43:14 PM »
I don't know what you may have done.  Lack of pain is a positive sign.  Is there any swelling?  If not, that's another good sign.  Rest, Icing (look on Google for how to do this) and perhaps an anti inflammatory like ibuprofen (read the pack instructions, take with food)

Snapping and cracking is quite common in joints, just normal.  Persistent pain with this is when it needs checking out

Do you wear good shoes for running, that suit your gait.  Running shops can do this analysis for you

If it continues and you are concerned, see a doctor :) 
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Re: Stiff knee & sometimes I can hear it snap (no pain)
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2014, 02:11:14 PM »
There is no pain or not any swelling, just a weird feeling in my knee/back of the knee whatever that area is called I've never felt before. I'll probably rest for a few days as you say and I've also booked an appointment with a knee specialist next week. And I suppose it's also about time I get a new pair of running shoes.

Thanks for your help!

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Re: Stiff knee & sometimes I can hear it snap (no pain)
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014, 03:01:09 PM »
The information hub has lots of info about knee anatomy and possible issues.  I expect you've just tweaked or strained something.  Assume you do stretch after running and warm up properly? Perhaps try a heat pad, see if that helps

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Re: Stiff knee & sometimes I can hear it snap (no pain)
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2014, 07:07:46 PM »
Going to have a look there later, thanks.

Yeah, I think I've overstrained something in my knee, the only sense I can make of it. I don't do much stretching, only a few excersises per day but I suppose I'll put more focus on the stretching part in the future.

I don't think this is a big thing but I really dislike the feeling of not feeling entirely well in my body as I usually do. Guess some resting will do.















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