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#1 Old 02-23-2005, 03:54 AM
 
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I have been having pains in my right knee for a few months now. It's not really right on my knee, but just above my knee cap. It gets really stiff and cramped when Im sitting for a long time (but as little as 10 minutes) or when Im sleeping and have my legs bent. When I do straiten it after it's been like that for awhile, it hurts like a b@#*$!! It wakes me up when Im sleeping, and it also hurts when I crouch down, or even when Im just walking sometimes. The wierd thing is, my left knee is fine. Maybe its from sitting at the computer all the time lol. Or am I just getting old hehe? (I dont believe I ever injured it).Does anyone know what causes this? Or what I can do about it? Besides exercise and viitamins.....

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#2 Old 02-23-2005, 07:28 AM
 
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You should maybe get an x-ray to check for arthritis, but it sounds like patellofemoral syndrome. I know you didn't want exercises, but really, that's probably the easiest way to ease the pain. Here's a link: http://familydoctor.org/479.xml. I have this in my left knee, and really, it's much better the more active I am, especially with strength training. Keeping my quads strong seems to be the key.



Oh - and I also sit at a computer all day, which really hurts my knee, so I'll often prop my leg up on a box, to keep my knee straight. That helps.
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#3 Old 02-23-2005, 01:32 PM
 
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I gonna exercise, Im just saying I already knew that exercise and vitamins would help Thanx for the helpful hints, and for the link, I'll check it out
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#4 Old 02-23-2005, 03:15 PM
 
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I think qetta's right about patellofemoral syndrome (also known as runner's knee since lots of runners, including me, get it). Here's another link from a running site: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/....shtml#runknee.



If you're doing any kind of exercise that puts a lot of stress on your knees (running, aerobics, martial arts, etc.) you should probably stop for a while. Biking is good while your recovering, and elliptical trainers are supposed to be fairly low-impact also.



I had a bad case a year ago. The first thing I did was to take ibuprofen for a week to reduce swelling and pain. You might also try icing your kneecap for 15 minutes or so twice a day. You may not see any swelling, but if you're experiencing pain, there's probably swelling behind your kneecap.



The next thing was to start doing exercises to strengthen the inner quads. Strengthening these muscles helps to keep your knee tracking properly as you bend it. Here's another good site with exercises: http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/guides/knee/runknee.htm

I find that the wall squats work really well. If you're doing them right, you'll definitely feel it in your inner quads.



If you do some stretching and exercise and it doesn't start to get better within a few weeks, see a doctor (preferably an orthopedist or a sports medicine specialist). The pain you're feeling is caused by damage to the cartilage on the underside of your kneecap, and it's notoriously slow to heal if you seriously wear it away. Runner's knee can also lead to arthritis if untreated. Good luck! Many runners get runner's knee at some point, and it's totally treatable, so I'm sure you'll make a smooth recovery.
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#5 Old 02-23-2005, 03:17 PM
 
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^^^ Great advice! (Though biking always seems to worsen mine.) I forgot about icing the kneecap. I do this after every workout, even if I don't feel pain right away.
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