My KNEE!

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    Nov 15, 2007 3:57 AM GMT
    I've never experienced knee problems too heavily until these past two weeks. I went out running quickly one night in the cold, and came back with a horrible pain in my right knee. I iced it the next day and it felt generally better. While I didn't run, I am a dancer with at least 3 hours a day of dancing aside from weekends. Today, I decided to give running ago, and I could still feel a slight pain in my right knee, plus with the usual dancing, and now my knee really does hurt a lot.

    My question is, how long does it take for a knee to fully recover? And what can I do to prevent knee problems from happening in the future.

    The pain is mostly on the right side of my right knee, which I would assume is the tendon connecting at the bend.
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    Nov 15, 2007 6:18 PM GMT
    I tend to run too fast in cold weather too. Even if I'm supposed to do an easy run I'll make it a point to do about a mile warm up jog at a very easy pace as well as stretching.

    I'd see a doctor if the pain persists and maybe take a few days off from physical activity. You wouldn't do high impact joint-jarring exercise on a sprained ankle or broken leg. Don't give the injury the opportunity to become something more serious.
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    Nov 15, 2007 7:18 PM GMT
    If health coverage is available, go see a doctor. First of all, it can't hurt. There could be some tears in the ligaments or damage to the bone that you would want to be aware of.

    Stay off weight-bearing exercises. Squats, as good as they are, are pretty hard on the knees; particularly hack squats (at least they are with me). Lunges put excess pressure on the knees, too.

    I stupidly fell on the treadmill on March 3rd. The knee cap cleanly hit the cylinder. The XRay showed bone fragments floating around. Fortunately, it wasn't bad enough for arthoscopic (sp?) surgery. The pain subsided but never really went away.

    On Sept 1st, I gave into the pain and had a cortizone shot. Although it only occasionally bothers me, cold weather is coming on, so I've loaded up on aspirin.

    Either way, get it checked out and a professional can give you better advice.
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    Nov 15, 2007 7:52 PM GMT
    I agree that you shouldn't be doing anything right now until you get it looked at. If this only happens from time to time you should see someone that specializes in soft tissue damage; a doctor can help if the ligaments are torn.

    Fortunately, I know an amazing massage therapist that just moved to the Chicago area. Contact Christine McKay at 224-578-4127. As a dancer and an active person, you don't want to worsen your injury with more Repetitive Strain Injury while it's hurt.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:11 PM GMT
    [quote][cite][/cite]My question is, how long does it take for a knee to fully recover? And what can I do to prevent knee problems from happening in the future[/quote]

    It depends on the type of injury. I agree with everyone else here if it persists then go see a doctor. As for prevention I would say that neither speed nor cold had anything to do with it but would look at shoes as the problem. I have learned the hard way the importance of having a very good pair of running shoes and the importance of changing them after 400 miles. I used to just buy any old pair and run until they were falling apart and ended up with some knee pains. I then used my knees to judge when I need to change shoes. That was turned out to be a bad idea as well. Finally I went to a running store and got fitted for a pair of shoes, I only use them for running and I change them out at the 400 mile mark. Just getting getting fitted for a pair of shoes made a world of difference and by changing them out regularly I have not had any problems for a couple of years now.

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    Dec 02, 2007 12:47 AM GMT
    (RunningInthedark and WebinFront): As a runner myself, I want to know if you every heard of a term called 'Runners Knee' ? About 5 years ago I experience the same pain or sting in my knee and I had just completed a marathon (my 1st one at that) the week before. Stupid me wanted to start running as soon as possible and didn't know any better and durning the run which it WAS cold and I didn't stretch long enough felt the same pain that you are talking about. I also experienced this again a year down the road and came to a conclusion about what had happend, how long it would take to heel and what I needed to to next time I raced a race longer than 60minutes.(+ i got some avice from a health professioanl and some professioanl runners too.)

    I beleive you do have 'Runners Knee'. It's caused by running hard or running long after you have race a major racing event that's ran at a long distance ( 60 minutes or more.) Did you race before this pain came uponed you? The first time this happen (and I don't want to scare you) it last about 5 to 6 months. After a mojor race take a break, a week or so, a week and a half for half marathons and marathons (A friend who I ran with in college who got Runners Knee before he finished his senoir track year which was 3 years ago, is still dealing with it. This is only because he has not tryed to do anything about it.) I would take a serious break for a couple of months if you love running. Like me, it was like the world had ended the 5 or so months I was out from competitive running, AHHHHH!!, but I got help and condition the time I was off. The cold was a mojor factor to because it casues you muscles and bones to get stiff, so I stretch atleas 15 to 30 minutes and warm up before a run hard or easy. I live in Northen Arizona at 7000ft, train @ 8000 to 10,000ft and we get ALOT!! of cold wearther in the winter, so stretch even if you are not running, it helps. Just hang in there and take it easy for a couple of months. icon_cool.gif..
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    Dec 02, 2007 2:05 AM GMT
    Yes I have heard of runners knee, but it is caused by softening of cartilage not cold or running fast. Suggested treatments are icing the knee down, taking an anti-inflammatory and getting a pair of shoes that help compensate if your feet pronate or supinate.
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    Dec 02, 2007 2:47 AM GMT
    Could be a variety of different things. For many people, knee pain from running is caused by the IT (iliotibial) band being too tight. Where exactly is the pain; i.e., on the outside of the knee cap, below the knee, etc.?