"Runner's Knee"

Suicidebree

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I recently started working out really hard and being a fat dude my knees were under stress even before I started to exercise. Anyway, I think I developed Runner's Knee since there ie no grinding or clicking noise and only minimal swelling. What I'm asking is does anyone have any experience with this? I know the treatment is basically Ice and rest, but I just wanted to see how long the recovery time is. I'm thinking its probably somewhere between one and two weeks to get back onto a treadmill and a month to six weeks to get back in full swing. Does this sound right?

To correct it I also bought those new asic treadmill shoes instead of my beat up gym shoes i was using and Knee strap. Also I have been taking glocosamine with chondrotin for weeks and started a weeks worth of Celebrex to try and speed up the healing. the day it happened, three days ago.
 

TheTruth

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I recently started working out really hard and being a fat dude my knees were under stress even before I started to exercise. Anyway, I think I developed Runner's Knee since there ie no grinding or clicking noise and only minimal swelling. What I'm asking is does anyone have any experience with this? I know the treatment is basically Ice and rest, but I just wanted to see how long the recovery time is. I'm thinking its probably somewhere between one and two weeks to get back onto a treadmill and a month to six weeks to get back in full swing. Does this sound right?

To correct it I also bought those new asic treadmill shoes instead of my beat up gym shoes i was using and Knee strap. Also I have been taking glocosamine with chondrotin for weeks and started a weeks worth of Celebrex to try and speed up the healing. the day it happened, three days ago.
I had pretty much the same thing about a year and a half ago. I was in fairly good shape and went out running one day pushed to hard and that was it. It actually took me about 4-5 months to have it fully heal because I'd try to run again too soon. So take your time with it, do the low impact machines they have at the gym in the meantime.

The new shoes will help a lot. Ease back into running very slowly ice; and take anti inflamitories (advil) if ya get pain coming back.
 

Myhairygrundle

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Dude, had the same thing happen. It took about 2 weeks to go away.

Wife works with some physical therapists and I got some good advice.

I didn't stretch before and after my runs and that caused everything to tighten up.

Do some really good stretches to work your ACL and knees, calfs, and hamstrings.

Just keep stretching and icing until it gets better. I took Aleve and it worked well.


Just like this

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_1/126.shtml


http://www.runnersworld.com/marathon/article-stretch_it_out.html
 

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No more running. Even after the pain goes away... don't run. Not until you've lost some serious weight.

Ride a bike, do laps in a pool, etc... lose some weight and strengthen your muscles before you attempt the running again, otherwise you're going to be stuck in the vicious cycle... Hurt yourself exercising because you're overweight, can't exercise because you're hurt, can't lose weight because you can't exercise, hurt yourself exercising because you're overweight... lather, rinse, repeat....

Lot's of people fail to get healthy because they get themselves into this trap.

Slowly... pace yourself... the race to good health is a marathon, not a sprint. (whoa... that was hack. I stink.)

Good luck, bro. :action-sm
 

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Oh and when you do start running again stick to flat surfaces, stay away from up/down hills
 

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I add 1 mile every week at most. Don't try to run a distance unless you know you can make it. An hour run is cool, first set a simple goal of 2 miles in an hour, then increase it maybe 1/4th a mile next week. Keep on doing that until you feel up to increasing it 1/2th a mile every week.

Smoking pot before running helps pacing. And for a drink I like to get a big bottle of green tea with half a vitamin pill in it and 2 pinches of salt. Run at night so you don't feel the need to impress anyone near you, that helps keep you out of trouble.

Aside from your normal weekly runs I would do some short plyometrics to strengthen your bones and ligaments. Burst up stairs (maybe at a bridge) or a hill as fast as you can for a few minutes. Bones, tendons, etc. strengthen by the maximum force reached, so gently excercising for 4 hours straight wouldn't do anything. It helps avoid injury in the long run to include plymetrics or heavy lifts in all your excercised areas. But remember that this is a complement, not a supplement to endurance excercises.
 

Suicidebree

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All very good advice, I am definatly goign to wait two weeks before I start on cardio again, just return with the elliptical for another week and at that point eliminate the incline when it get back to the treadmill. I'm definalty goign to have to take my time stretching before and after because before I was just powering through it. I'll continue with elevation, rest, ice and celebrex for the two weeks I'm down. The Ice, stretching and ibiprofren once i satrt up aagin. In the mean time I'll lift weights for my upper body.I'm down a ton of weight in six weeks, so I figure the longer i stay with losing weight the less likely this will be a long term deal.

I also agree running is for queers, but dying is for faggots and I needed to get in shape.
 

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Oh and when you do start running again stick to flat surfaces, stay away from up/down hills
Now you tell me...

A few weeks back, I decided to go 'off routine' a little, and I did some stairs... I went over to the sports complex and ran up and down the bleachers for 30 minutes...

ouchy.

The next morning my legs were very, very hurty, and my knees were very angry with me.

Even us in shape people have to watch we don't overdo it.
 

abudabit

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Now you tell me...

A few weeks back, I decided to go 'off routine' a little, and I did some stairs... I went over to the sports complex and ran up and down the bleachers for 30 minutes...

ouchy.

The next morning my legs were very, very hurty, and my knees were very angry with me.

Even us in shape people have to watch we don't overdo it.
Try it again, you won't get so hurt this time. A lot of that pain is your structure getting used to those angles of force. I do stairs and hills all the time with no problem because my body is used to doing them.
 

TheTruth

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Now you tell me...

A few weeks back, I decided to go 'off routine' a little, and I did some stairs... I went over to the sports complex and ran up and down the bleachers for 30 minutes...

ouchy.

The next morning my legs were very, very hurty, and my knees were very angry with me.

Even us in shape people have to watch we don't overdo it.
Yeah going 'off routine' will kick your ass sometimes. I'm in fairly good running shape but if I ride a bike the next day I can't move. Running bleachers is gonna use different muscles than just regular road or treadmill running
 

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I sometimes get a bit of the running knee, but I think that is just from wear and tear. It is not really painful, it is just awkward. My right knee will start to tighten up and I will become hyper sensitive to the movements in my joint. It happens while I am running and I usually just shake it off by using a very exaggerated motion in my stride, almost like I am running in place and taking my knees much higher then normal.

If you do run, try running in the grass or the dirt. The impact on your knees will be considerably less then on concrete or asphalt. If you do this, be careful of obstructions like roots, rocks, or anything else you can roll your ankle on.

My secret self medication I use to fight any pain or fatigue consists of Excedrin or a Back and Body pain reliever before I run. After I run, I immediately drink a tall glass of chocolate milk. Besides tasting good, the chocolate milk helps your body recover faster.