A squeaky left knee after running 20kmph

  • giodude

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    Feb 07, 2018 4:50 PM GMT
    So long story short I injured my anterior crucial ligament by running at 20 kmph on a treadmill after which I went to brazil (2 weeks after) and fully participated in a Capoeira event and trained for three weeks. My knee was swollen to about twice its size during the process. Now my knee is creaking and squeaking and still it gives me trouble. Swelling is done and I'm walking fine. It's been approx. eight months. Will it ever heal?
    Also I can't balance well on that leg. The knee is still unstable
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    Feb 07, 2018 8:53 PM GMT
    giodude saidSo long story short I injured my anterior crucial ligament by running at 20 kmph on a treadmill after which I went to brazil (2 weeks after) and fully participated in a Capoeira event and trained for three weeks. My knee was swollen to about twice its size during the process. Now my knee is creaking and squeaking and still it gives me trouble. Swelling is done and I'm walking fine. It's been approx. eight months. Will it ever heal?
    Also I can't balance well on that leg. The knee is still unstable



    You fail to mention....did you see a doctor? If so, what did he say?
  • giodude

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    Feb 08, 2018 9:36 AM GMT
    Radd said
    giodude saidSo long story short I injured my anterior crucial ligament by running at 20 kmph on a treadmill after which I went to brazil (2 weeks after) and fully participated in a Capoeira event and trained for three weeks. My knee was swollen to about twice its size during the process. Now my knee is creaking and squeaking and still it gives me trouble. Swelling is done and I'm walking fine. It's been approx. eight months. Will it ever heal?
    Also I can't balance well on that leg. The knee is still unstable



    You fail to mention....did you see a doctor? If so, what did he say?


    Physio. And she said the anterior crucial ligament is damaged. There was quite a bit of oedemal fluid on my knee. She said the muscles around my knees weren't strong. I got the same opinion from a another person too. I can't imagine why. I mean I've been doing martial arts for years my knees should be okay
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 10, 2018 2:04 PM GMT
    Obviously you are going to have to lay off on the intense physical activity for awhile and give your knee ample time to recover. Otherwise you are just asking for more serious trouble.
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    Feb 10, 2018 4:10 PM GMT
    You need to see an orthopedic surgeon. You may have torn some cartilage in the knee. Without attention that cartiage will permanently damage the bone in the knee joint.

    I had that same issue, from extensive running in the Army, and needed surgery to remove the torn cartilage. Solving the pain, swelling, and noise.

    But instead your own situation may involve softer tissue, like muscles or ligaments. We can't adequately advise you here. That's why you need to see a doctor who specializes in joint issues.
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    Apr 09, 2018 1:59 AM GMT
    Squeaky Left Knee After Running 20kmph

    BTW, I don't what 'kmph' is. I presume a distance, perhaps a misspelling. 20km (about 12-1/2 miles) is a good distance. Running that far in an hour would be world record breaking.

    What destroyed my knee cartilage wasn't any single event distance, but years of constant running and climbing. And doing it in combat boots, often carrying a heavy load, over uneven rough terrain.

    A tread mill can be kinder, and certainly with quality jogging shoes, that have proper pronation and other personalized considerations. For years in the 1980s I couldn't wear Nike's for recreational running, because their typical pronation was wrong for me, really hurt my knees. Another thing I couldn't do was run on short, indoor banked tracks. Even when I reversed my direction on alternate days.

    When I protested to my Army orthopedic doctor that I couldn't have worn out my knees at 36, he used a car tire analogy. "Some people get 40,000 miles or more out of their tires. Others only get 20 because of the way and amount they drive, or tire quality. What you've got there is a 50,000-mile knee, and it's bald." Ah, OK...

    So I agreed to have the recommended surgery, and that improved it. But the joint bone damage was permanent, and already developing arthritis. That has only worsened with age. At this point my only option is total joint replacement, but I'm trying to delay that.

    But you need to hear from your own medical expert, in sports medicine or an orthopedic specialist who's examined you. We can relate our own stories to you, but we aren't you. Plus injuries, including sports injuries, happen at any age. And variables like healing time, past medical history, genetics, and exact nature of any injury, are highly individual.