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Hey guys and gals,

I have been noticing lately that iam getting alot of pain in my left knee when running or walking up stairs sometimes if i dont stretch. The only thing i can think that would be causing this would be all the pressure put on my bent knee when riding my zx7r ver the last year or so.

Has anyone else come across this, and if so what have you found that helps.
 

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this was my first season and i found the same thing...i just did more leg exstentions and hamstrings...not sure if was the perfect cure...but its helped me....
 

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yup, just about everyday now. I don't blame it on my years on a 7r tho. It could be related to years of abuse by hockey, snowboarding, wakeboarding, my job, etc. etc. it used to be just one knee but then I tweaked the other last year in hockey so now it's both. some days are better than others, but mornings and cold days, and stairs are the worst. Can't be bothered to see a doctor about these things, I didn't get much help from him after my last bike accident, and he knows i'm pretty bad about going to physio and shit. and I don't notice it riding so...meh.
 

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Welcome to your 30s. Try some Flaxseed oil, Vitamin E or Glucosamine supplements.
And physiotherapy is a good idea. If it's something you can work on through physio then a physiotherapist will be able to give you excercises and stretches to help.
 

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Do nothing, unless and until you have been examined by a physician.

Undertaking some form of treatment/medication prior to consultation is like pushing against an iceburg and expecting your hands to stay warm.
 

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yeah, you should probably take a quick trip to the doctors and see what he has to say. I don't think that the pain should be continuous after you have stopped riding, but I'm no doctor.
 

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I have the same knee problems. I got refered to UBC sports medicine, then physio.

For me it's Petalar displasia or some such thing. Basically I have a tight I.T. band that pulls my knee cap to the side rather than straight along the path. I was grinding away the underside of my kneecap. Not fun.
 

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Usually a weak or imbalanced quadracep muscle....let the major leg front muscle do the work and take the load instead of your knee by strengthening the quads.
 

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On the subject of glucosamine:
A while back there was a big double-blind study that found NO BENEFIT from it. Which didn't suprise me... I'd used it for my bad knee and got nothing out of it.
 

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I have the same knee problems. I got refered to UBC sports medicine, then physio.

For me it's Petalar displasia or some such thing. Basically I have a tight I.T. band that pulls my knee cap to the side rather than straight along the path. I was grinding away the underside of my kneecap. Not fun.
Same thing with me. I have been doing a lot of running in the past three years and set off my knee problems during a big hike this summer.

My knees were so swollen that I couldn't walk for about a week.

I have been doing physio now for a couple weeks and should be running again in the new year. :rockon
 

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Being in a flexed position at the hip and knee joints, then adding repetitive up and down movements (plantar and dorsiflexion) as well as some inversiom and eversion at the ankles when shifting gears and braking will for surely cause discomfort in many people.

Issues that come up:
Posture (how you are sitting and what your alignment is like)
Strength (which muscles are stronger and weaker and how it can have an effect on your joints
Flexibilty (how tight or loose are your big and small muscles - more specifically from the waist down)
Suppleness (are your joints and muscles naturally or "artificially" stiff, crunchy, grindy, clicky or do they glide past each other comfortably)

I know that certain bikes I have been on (mostly as a passenger) have given me serious pain, tingling, numbness and even swelling and lack of function after certain periods of time and routes in my legs and knees, ankles and toes. Like buying shoes or mattress - you gotta find the right fit for your body (which I am sure most of you have researched lots when buying your bikes) but you also have to take into account that it is quite physical and you should "warm-up" or stretch often and shake out your legs (some people have hand issues when riding - same goes) I would also say that adding daily stretching to your riding is important if you are noticing issues. It only takes a few minutes and it doesn't cost you a visit or time to the physio. For more complicated matters like previous accident or injury, I say it's always worth getting checked by a professional that suits your needs and wants whether it be massage, physio, chiro, kinies, etc etc and being hydrated as well some supplements as someone else already mentioned can go a long way for some people.

:flashy Good Luck!
 

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Usually a weak or imbalanced quadracep muscle....let the major leg front muscle do the work and take the load instead of your knee by strengthening the quads.
I disagree... Imbalanced quads maybe... more likely to be weak Hams compared to the overall strength of the Quads.
 

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meh. i can still walk so what's the big deal?? i have some pain in my right knee but then its not bone anymore so i guess it can complain.
 

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Has anyone else come across this, and if so what have you found that helps.
I find asking my doctor instead of a bunch of strangers on a motorcycle forum helps quite a bit. LOL
 

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I find asking my doctor instead of a bunch of strangers on a motorcycle forum helps quite a bit. LOL
Most GP's don't know what to do with regular sports related issues, what makes you think they'll be an expert on motorcycling related pain.... as you said LOL...

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