Knee Pain Cycling

This afternoon as we left the cafe stop, I had a sharp pain in my right knee that wouldn't go away. It didn't effect my performance (in fact the slower I rode, the worse it got) however pretty much on every upstroke I got a pain around my knee. It was totally out of the blue with nothing to suggest I had done anything out of the ordinary.

This was the unfortunate state of my shaven knee having had it looked at by my brother before having treatment. One of the advantages of having a brother who is a qualified Sports Therapist that any problems are sorted out quickly.

If you're suffering from knee pain or any other pain, or simply need a sports massage to flush out the lactic acid then it is worth seeing a Sports Therapist. In this instance it was simply a sharp pain which has turned out to be the start of a bigger problem. If you're in the North West check out www.yoursportstherapist.com or drop me a message and I'll put you in touch with my brother.

Diagnosis

Well it turns out that I have a lateral tilt of my right patella (my left is perfectly fine) which basically means my knee cap is slightly pulling to the right hand side. My right leg is my dominant leg and the reason for the patella moving to the right is due to a combination of my ITB and outside of my quads being tight and strong. Basically my left hand side of my right leg isn't strong enough.

This is a common diagnosis with cyclists so if you're having any knee problems it is well worth having it checked out.

Treatment

Firstly my quads, especially my ITB band, were very tight and needed massaging out. Tight ITB bands (a muscle strip down the outside of the quad) is a common issue for cyclists; I've spoken to many cyclists about the horror and suffering of having it massaged! So after half an hour of excruciating pain we then moved onto sorting out the knee.

After shaving my knee, Chris laid out some meshing.
He then applied Zinc Oxide strips, these are special in that they don't stretch like normal strips.
He applied 3 strips and they are going to help pull my patella back into place alongside muscle strengthening exercises. 
To help strengthen the weaker left hand side, he has given me a couple of exercises, including squeezing a football and squatting with it.


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