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Old 04-06-2010, 09:33 AM   #1
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Knee problem

Almost 40 yr old male, was told I have arthritis in my knees > 10 years ago. Right knee was my better knee until last couple weeks. Since discovering CF couple years ago things have improved. Things that have bothered my knee more: running, basketball, sometimes PC.

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Not sure what caused but about 2 weeks ago experienced the following symptoms of my right knee:

1. Swelling
2. Weakness/instability (mostly when swollen)
3. Pain when trying to run, mostly in the outside of the kneecap

I'm pretty sure my running form stinks. Heel striker...saw some film of me running and I take pretty short strides but definitely heel strike.

I've iced the knee 2-3 x/day. After some improvement I made the mistake of trying a WOD with 400m runs and box jumps. More swelling ensued.

In doing some web research I see possible IT band irritation? Have foam roller @ home and have rolled that before.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: Knee problem

Stretch and roll everything from the waist down focusing on hamstrings, glutes, quads, hip flexors and IT band.

Ice if there is inflammation, stay away from NSAIDs.

Rest, rest, rest.

Follow any advice Steven Low gives (MOST IMPORTANT!)
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:21 PM   #3
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Re: Knee problem

Sounds like patellofemoral syndrome...

Read and do the stuff in sections 3 & 4 here wfs
http://www.eatmoveimprove.com/2009/1...-dysfunctions/

Take notes and post what you come up with + do the soft tissue work. Read up on the first two pages about what kind of issues you most likely have if you have these problems.
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Old 04-08-2010, 02:06 PM   #4
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Re: Knee problem

Thanks....I have printed Sections 3 & 4 and will read tonight. Very frustrating as I can't pinpoint what incident actually triggered the issue and didn't see it coming. Will resist temptation to work the legs until I've read thru everything.

Will continue to ice. Funny that a number of articles online re: patellofemoral syndrome mention use of NSAIDs to help reduce swelling.
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:53 PM   #5
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NSAIDs are OK if you have a lot of swelling. Massage is effective. So is fish oil.
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:52 AM   #6
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Re: Knee problem

I read Sect 3 & 4. Iced 2-3 x per day, haven't run (but have done some leg use WODs...nothing back to back days), no massage yet (am trying to even meet w/ accupressure/puncturist), take fish oil daily already (good blend, also MSM & curamin).

There was slight improvement but still swells up after most WODs and some pain when walking during the day.

Will likely be seeing PT soon since my self treatment isn't doing much.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:20 AM   #7
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Re: Knee problem

i know exactly what pain/swelling you are going through, i did foam roller massages. They hurt like hell. Knee pain is gone as like as i do those massages regularly.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:44 AM   #8
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i know exactly what pain/swelling you are going through, i did foam roller massages. They hurt like hell. Knee pain is gone as like as i do those massages regularly.
Have a foam roller at home...Steven Low also mentions tennis/golf balls.

Where did you specifically target to roll? I've done IT band, hamstring & glut stretches.

Going for sports massage today and consultation with PT.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:11 AM   #9
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Interesting visit yesterday with accupressurist. Went 30 minutes and he did the following:

*thought by knee issues (arthritis, knock knees) caused by groin injury at some point(?)
*dug in around certain muscles in quad and also calf around my knee. I did notice almost immediate relief from the swelling when walking around the office.
*put tape around my knee, cut in ( shape. Couple on either side and also the back of the knee. Said this is hopefully help get me walking properly and having my foot hit the ground flat.

Basically my leg hasn't be working right...inside of knee slightly caving in and foot not hitting the ground properly. Would make sense to me there's a reason I'm having knee issues.

I question whether these methods will get me healed. My knee does feel better today, not as much stiffness. Took today off (planned). He said to try and do what I had planned and f/u on Monday. Thinking of some frontsquats (not real heavy weight) and will focus on form and foot setup...make sure knee is tracking properly.

Foam rolling tonight.
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Ice is fine. So are supplements... BUT

Massage makes up the core of rehab/prehab along with proper stretching and strengthening.

It doesn't seem you've done ANY of the sort. Foam rolling helps but it's not a be all end all.

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but still swells up after most WODs and some pain when walking during the day
This is your problem though. You are not taking time off to let your injuries heal.
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