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    • #2502


      I am currently suffering from really bad knee pain after years of running, cycling and hiking. I went to see my doctor who has told me that I have Osteoarthritis in my left knee which is kind of worrying considering I am only in my 30’s :/ To make matters worse my right knee isn’t so good either and I sprained it a couple weeks back and its never been the same since. Looking for advice from people who do same activities as me to stop things getting worse. Has anyone got any tips on how to ease my pain? Once the damage is done is this thing for life?

      Thank you!

    • #2503


      I think the best thing to do would be to see a Sports Physiotherapist…

    • #2504


      I’m still managing and i’m nearly 50. Swap running for swimming, make sure you have your bike fit dialed in properly and use walking poles!

    • #2505


      I agree

      Try using walking poles when hiking!

      If your doctor/physio advice try an keep cycling but as said proper bike fit is really helpful.

      I strained my knee just before Christmas, and doing some controlled turbo sessions on the bike helped a lot.

      Also, always take advice from forums with a pinch of salt and pay for a good physio 😉

    • #2506


      I’ve a baker’s cyst left knee and arthritis and housemaid’s knee right. The cyst is the pain. Can even try to run till its gone. Any advise also welcome!

    • #2507


      Was the diagnosis made by your GP or a rheumatologist/orthopaedic consultant? If not go and see one to get proper investigations done.

    • #2508


      Was the diagnosis made by your GP or a rheumatologist/orthopaedic consultant? If not go and see one to get proper investigations done.

      I completely agree – my GP told me to give up running with the mildest of problems a few years ago. A physio specialising in sport would be my choice for advice going forward, but only after a definitive diagnosis has been made.

    • #2509


      You should definitely get an in-depth diagnosis. It’s to be taken with a pinch of salt, or in a Your Millage May Vary way, but I’ve found that flat MTB pedals and sticky 5:10 MTB trainers (or 5:10 approach shoes in my case) to be quite kind on dodgy knees, in being able to shift my foot position on the pedals a little bit if I feel any ‘tension’ within them. I seem to do that much less than I used to while cycling, thinking back to my mid to late 20’s and being in my late 30’s now.

      Pinch of salt and all that, the main thing is a decent diagnosis, but it’s worked okay for me as a way of keeping cycling…

      Being gently active seems the thing to be until you get a feel for the level you can operate at without any new injuries.

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    • #2511


      I was told by my Surgeon I need half a knee, he is a runner as well so understands the need to run.
      After a discussion on how I manage it and still run, I take 1 400 Ibuprofen only when it’s really painful about 2/3 times a week, his reply was keep doing it and manage it as I am doing and wait as there is experimentation on Cartarlige growth and replacement going on.

      But that is my case after seeing doctor, sports therapist, and a scan, then the surgeon.

      Could be the way for you to follow, but make sure you do your research on all the stages and discuss everything with everybody.

      I am 68 and managing it OK and still running most of the week.

    • #2512


      Footreviver foot beds in all shoes/boots I wear works for me.

    • #2513


      Thanks everyone for your great replies. Really appreciate it! Im going to go see a rheumatologist in a few weeks to get the proper diagnosis.

      I have been reading up on lots of different treatments like knee stem cell therapy etc.. but im starting to think that I need to find out what was/is main cause of the wear and tear of my knee. Part of me is thinking even if I did get it fixed and even improve get the best technique in the world wear and tear is just part and parcel of an active lifestyle? I hope im wrong and it is possible to be very active and not get injured at all?

    • #2514


      You’re too young for arthritis. Plenty of people are struggling with increasingly cranky left knees, thinking it’s age-related degeneration when it’s actually due to worsening traffic and hundreds of gear changes every day. Diesel engines, which have heavier clutch springs to cope with greater torque, are not helping. I switched to a DSG gearbox two years ago and my chronic left knee pain has disappeared. As a bonus I no longer dread sitting in traffic jams now as the car does all the work for me.

      In the short term, gentle massage 3 x daily with an ibuprofen gel helps knee pain.

    • #2515


      In my 30s I had a knee injury (not a serious one, saw no doctor) that caused me pain for over a year – I think it took about 15-18 months before it was fully recovered, so don’t give up. I’m over 60 now and enjoying walking and running as much as ever.


      Are you overdoing the exercise and not allowing enough recovery interval?

      How is your weight?

      Try walking poles when carrying any kind of load – this may be something to aid recovery or something that you should do from now on, but you need to find out.

      My knees improved a lot when plantar fasciitis forced me to wear special orthotic insoles (Footreviver insoles I found worked the best) in all footwear from my 50s onwards, a time when it felt as if I should give up. Not only did it help my knees and ankles but I stopped stubbing my toes on descent, the result of the arches of my feet having long collapsed.

      The osteoarthritis is something you need to have medical help with and advice over how much to do but the things I have mentioned are contributory improvements which can help anyone’s longevity in the hills

    • #2516


      Get some decent insoles for your outdoor footwear as a starter, bearing in mind that the feeble bit of cardboard (masquerading as an insole) that most footwear comes with in the box is pretty much no use for most people (as everyone’s feet/legs are different so one size cannot fit all). Nuovahealth do most types of insole from off-the-peg, to heat moulded to fully customised (if you’re looking at the cost of insoles, think what several sessions of physio might cost, and what price several weeks of back/knee etc pain).

    • #2517

      Ricky m

      @Newton That’s spot on about the cost of physio and being in pain verses other short term spending. I guess the way in which we can sometimes wear the soles of of our footwear down in an uneven way can exacerbate things re joint health, which an insole may help towards addressing.

    • #2555


      I’ve been pondering recently that running and walking seem to be the two things which impact the most on knees. If you can keep active in going cycling instead, that’s got to be helpful for mental health and getting to grips with long term injuries. I’m thinking that my left knee is looking like it may limit me in what I do, but cycling in between walking will help to keep me sane.

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    • #2557


      With due respect to your doctor, he’s probably guessing. I’d do 2 things 1)ask for a referral to see a specialist 2) See a sports physio, it might simply be tight quads or hamstrings or ITB pulling the kneecap. If so a bit of foam rolling and quality stretches plus some strength work might make a big difference.

    • #2558


      Buy this book

      Find the painfull spots in your quads (and probably other leg muscles) and spend 10 mins, several times a day working on them. Use a tennis ball, lying on the floor face down. You will know when you find a trigger point – it’s a ‘good’ kind of pain.

      Also check out mobility wod on youtube.

      Too cheap an option to not give it a go – you never know.

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