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The wierdest thing happened to me on Tuesday. During the day, my right knee started to really tighten up on me, and by the end of the day I was hobbling around practically in need of crutches. If I'd put any weight on my right leg, I'd get some pretty good pain in my knee right at the front of the kneecap. It was almost like my knee was tightening up and if I put weight on it, it would hurt like a biotch. It was that way pretty much all of Wednesday too, but today it has loosened back up and as of now its back to about 100%.

I haven't ridden the bike, ran, or done anything else physical for about the last 3 weeks, which makes this all the more strange. I can't really explain why this would happen. Anybody else have this happen to them?

And just an FYI, earlier in the summer (July timeframe), I had some problems with what I thought were my IT band on that same right knee. I was geting pain in the outside of my knee after about 30 minutes on the bike. I took a month off, and resumed riding/racing with no problems.
 

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The wierdest thing happened to me on Tuesday. During the day, my right knee started to really tighten up on me, and by the end of the day I was hobbling around practically in need of crutches. If I'd put any weight on my right leg, I'd get some pretty good pain in my knee right at the front of the kneecap. It was almost like my knee was tightening up and if I put weight on it, it would hurt like a biotch. It was that way pretty much all of Wednesday too, but today it has loosened back up and as of now its back to about 100%.

I haven't ridden the bike, ran, or done anything else physical for about the last 3 weeks, which makes this all the more strange. I can't really explain why this would happen. Anybody else have this happen to them?

And just an FYI, earlier in the summer (July timeframe), I had some problems with what I thought were my IT band on that same right knee. I was geting pain in the outside of my knee after about 30 minutes on the bike. I took a month off, and resumed riding/racing with no problems.
Did you stretch before hand?
 

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Did you stretch before hand?
Stretch before what? Thats the thing, I wasn't doing anything that would cause my knee to lock up like this. I was just going about my normal work day (sitting behind a computer) and about mid day my knee was to the point where I almost needed crutches to walk. It hurt that bad. Fast forward to today, and all is well...its almost back to 100% normal. . Weird!!
 

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What stopped the IT band pain before? Do you stretch regularly? How old are you? What do you do at work?

Obviously, a lot can go wrong with your knees, and quickly too, so diagnosing on the internet isn't always the best idea. My best guess is either that since you haven't been working out much, your stablizing muscles have lost some strength. In that case, do some regular exercise to stress all the muscles in your leg (quad, hams, inside and outside of the thigh) and some stretches, especially your hamstrings and IT band, since that seems like your problem spot. Otherwise, if this continues, see a doctor. If you enjoy biking, a doctors visit is worth it.
 

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What stopped the IT band pain before? Do you stretch regularly? How old are you? What do you do at work?
Well, I'm pretty sure the previous IT band issue was caused by using improper cadence at a race I did early in the season. The course had a lot of climbing, and instead of spinning up the hills, I chose to push a big gear. The next day, I started getting IT band type pain. I took a month off, then focused on spinning during climbs, and had no more issues. I do stretch regularly, but only after my muscles are warmed up.

I'm 37 years old and sit behind a desk all day for work.

kbiker3111 said:
Obviously, a lot can go wrong with your knees, and quickly too, so diagnosing on the internet isn't always the best idea. My best guess is either that since you haven't been working out much, your stablizing muscles have lost some strength. In that case, do some regular exercise to stress all the muscles in your leg (quad, hams, inside and outside of the thigh) and some stretches, especially your hamstrings and IT band, since that seems like your problem spot. Otherwise, if this continues, see a doctor. If you enjoy biking, a doctors visit is worth it.
Yep, if it continues, I will see a doctor. It was just weird how this cropped up out of nowhere. I'm also heading to a LBS to get my bike fitted properly, since I suspect that might be part of the problem.
 

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Yeah, it seems weird that you've never had this happen before. Try going for a ride (outside or on a trainer) and stretch well and see if that helps.
 

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hit all the trigger points in the quads and espically the vastus Intermedius.

just use a hard rubber ball and lean against a wall. you will know when you hit them.

or use a dough roller thing from the kitchen and start rolling with lots of pressure.

-low
 

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Well, today is Friday and my knee is back to 100% now. No pain whatsoever. So last Tuesday it was hurting like a mother whenever I put weight on my right leg, and 3 days later no pain. Very odd. Never had anything like this happen to a joint before, especially when I wasn't doing anything physical to cause an injury. Several years ago I remember waking up one morning and my back was stiff as a board and it hurt whenever I moved.... I called off work for 3 days until that "healed".

The body can do some strange things, but this knee issue really has me puzzled. I'm definitely going to get that professional bike fit done over the winter, and possibly even see a doctor about the knee just to make sure there's no hidden trouble lurking.
 

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b aggressive

AND be careful! by aggressive i mean in your treatment! i had an "overuse" issue w/my knees - or so i thought- rested/light spin/pro bike fit/orthotics/accupuncture/mercury baths (alternative med says that 'tendonitis' can be a mask for mercury poisining...

felt GREAT until one day...^&*()&^*(&^(* so i went to the ortho

low and behold it band stuff!

been in pt for over a month and golden (pretty near). the pt said that it bands are so big that they're really hard to loosen. they do ultrasound, massage, and pt exercizes.

i highly reccomend it, especially since it's the off season (for most) and it could come back to bite you in the arse if you don't fully remedy the prob!

just my 2 cents...
 

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felt GREAT until one day...^&*()&^*(&^(* so i went to the ortho
When you say ^&*()&^*(&^(* , what do you mean? What happened? And were yuou doing anything to aggrevate the knee? Thats the odd part about mine, I was doing absolutely nothing when it happened, and I hadn't been on the bike, trainer, or anything for several weeks.

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low and behold it band stuff! been in pt for over a month and golden (pretty near). the pt said that it bands are so big that they're really hard to loosen. they do ultrasound, massage, and pt exercizes.
Ya, my fear is that I'm going to need some PT. Sucks, because I had big plans for next race season, but here we are in December when I should be well into base training and I have not been doing anything. And with this being the busiest time of the year for my biz, I'm not going to be able to see a doc until January. Gotta do it though.
 

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Actually, i was pretty much overtraining for a huge endurance event, but pinpointing which activity caused the pain is tough. (the 1st time)

The 2nd time I was just on a simple commute from work and twaaaang...

The pt tape helps a lot, just hang in there. you can still do great things next season. use this time for some mental training and visualization. upper body lifting will help too! and treat your pt like training stick to the plan!!!

best o luck!
 
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