a spikely joint
June 23, 2014 4:12 PM Subscribe
I've been having knee pain recently resulting from physical activity. Will it get better with time, or do I have to choose between accepting it and taking a long break?
posted by threeants to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Late 20s, male, ~15 pounds overweight but reasonably fit.
About a month ago, I finished a long-distance walking trip where I walked 20-30 miles per day for a month, without any rest days. I definitely felt it in my joints each day after finishing, but it seemed pretty temporary and when I started walking in the morning my little aches and pains usually felt more muscular than joint-wise.
Fast-forward to the past couple of weeks, I've been taking martial arts classes 3x/week, which I've really been enjoying. It involves a loooot of knee-dipping/bending but I take that pretty easy. I haven't been feeling much pain during class, but I've been randomly getting kind of intense knee pain in the past few days. It's weirdly transient, not a soreness like when you lean into an overworked joint. I'll just be sitting there and all of a sudden I'll feel a surprisingly sharp and achey pain in there. Once or twice I've even been woken up by it.
I'd hate to think the solution is "stop stressing your knees" because I really want to keep up this exercise. I don't know if the walking trip is a factor here but it seems likely. However, I basically gave myself a month of rest afterwards and if that's not sufficient I don't know what would be.
If I just keep on doing what I'm doing, exercising my knees but taking it easy on them, will the pain eventually clear up? Or is this the sort of thing that just gets worse and worse? Any suggestions for self-treatment are most welcome. Thanks!