Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - Knee Health and Injury

Since returning from our trip to Lithuania, I've had some joint soreness - primarily in my right knee. While on vacation, we walked a lot, but didn't run like we had planned. 

Despite the soreness I ran my first half marathon 2 weeks after returning home - definitely not the smartest choice, I admit.  Going down stairs is the most troublesome.  Walking (even running) and biking feel fine. A couple years ago I had arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up a torn meniscus - and although the pain is similar, I can squat and sit criss cross apple sauce no problems (which was really painful). I've tried RICE and ibuprofen which helps some, but I guess maybe it's time to go see an orthopaedic. It's not excruciating, but nonetheless I would hate to create more damage.  

Runner's World has some timely knee tidbits...

Stanford Medical School researchers found that after 20 years, the knees of distance runners were actually healthier than those of a control group.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine findings - overall “physical activity (including running) is beneficial, rather than detrimental, to joint health.”

About 50% of running injuries involve the knee, according to a British Journal of Sports Medicine report.

Exercise scientists have discovered a link between weak hips and that all-too-common knee agony known as patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) which aggravates the front of the knee.  

Check out runnersworld.com/PFPS for a video of a hip strengthening routine.  

Have a good hip/knee exercise to share?


  1. No good exercises, though I've definitely heard that one problem for women also is that our quads tend to be considerably stronger than our hamstrings.

    Unfortunately, I'm feeling your pain. Ever since Sunday's race my right knee has been really sore, worst when going down stairs. I think my problem relates to having to ride 26 miles in too high a gear and am hoping that with a little rest (and ice, if I quit talking about it and just actually ice it) it'll be all better soon.

    Good luck!

  2. Knock on wood, I've never had serious knee problems. It IS time to find a doctor!

  3. Sorry to hear you are feeling the knee pain! You are smart to get on top of it.

    I do love the stat about runners knees being healthier--I use that one any time a non-runner tells me I'm going to ruin my knees!

  4. No good exercises. I hope your knee feels better soon. My left knee puffed up earlier this summer and I thought my running was over for the summer but a week later I ran a half marathon pain free, so you just never know!

  5. I hope your knee is feeling better soon.
    Definitely stay on top of it though. Maybe you can find a good PT to evaluate you for muscle strength imbalances.
    My hips are weak which messes with my ITB. I'm working on it, but I have a ways to go still.
    Best of luck to you!

  6. Running after a surgery is impressive in itself!! I don't have any suggestions for exercises, other than the steady diet of weighted walking lunges. My best wishes to you to get better soon, though!


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