What's wrong with my knee?
April 30, 2007 3:21 PM Subscribe
What's making my knee hurt when I bike?
posted by nakedsushi to health & fitness (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I started biking to work a few weeks ago (only 1 mile each way) and it was fine the first couple of times. Then one day, on the way back, I felt something strange in my knee. It wasn't painful, but it felt like everytime I moved my knee up (when the pedal on the bike came up) and then down, a ligament or a tendon would "get caught" or click into place. No audible click though.
I didn't think much of it after getting off the bike because my knee felt fine after. Then that night, while moving around in bed, I got this sharp pain in my knee and tried to bend it, which made it worse, so I kept it still and went to sleep.
The next morning, it was fine, but when I got on my bike and started pedaling, the sharp pain returned. The pain doesn't feel like it's on my knee cap, but more inside the knee. And bending it up while pedaling makes it hurt. It also hurt to walk up and down the stairs on that knee but regular walking was painless and normal.
I gave up biking for a few days, the pain went away and walking up and down the stairs was painless. Got on the bike again, went for about 1/4 of a mile before the knee started hurting again. I think it has to do with going up hill, even though I do it on one of the lowest gears with minimal mashing. My bike seat is pretty high, I can *barely* touch the ground with my toe while the bike's leaning and I'm sitting on the seat, so I don't think the knee pain is from low seat.
At first, "research" on the interweb made me paranoid that it was a torn meniscus. But then, considering there was no "pop" that resulted in debilitating pain, I don't think that's it.
I'm going to see the doctor this week for an unrelated thing, but was wondering if anyone else has experienced this before? I think it's definitely "getting better" but it's just annoying that the pain returns whenever I bike.