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Painfull knees

Well...I went for my last run on Tuesday and since then I can hardly work.I did my knees ( the muscle under knees inside of both my legs ).It's such a horrible pain,I'd cry how painfull and annoying it is.Went to Gp out of hours yesterday and asked what to do and they said keep taking ibuprofen and if it won't get better in 4 days go to see a doctor.The thing why I'm so upset is that I want to run,I want to be able to walk up/down the stairs and be able to play with my kids on the floor.I was so proud of my running and now it looks like even when my knees gets better I will have to start all over again and I'm not too sure if I'll be able to push myself again to go to do it :(

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Saw this on the Cool Running Forum:

"I just went to the PT for this same thing today. Part of the culprit is the bottom of the hamstring where it attaches to the upper thigh. The other part is the triangular muscle or tendon, popleteal it's called, behind the knee on the back of the leg that gets stressed or injured. The PT gave me some exercises to do, did ultrasound, heat, deep tissue massage, then iced it for about 2 minutes. He said to reduce amount of running and do it very slowly or cross-train for a couple of weeks, gave me some stretches, and I will go in 3 times a week for 2 weeks for therapy. No lunges, no leg curls, no squats, no hills, no hills, no hills."

Now, I would use RICE, rest, ice pack, compression and elevation.

I know it's a total bummer to be injured but honestly the absolute best thing for your running longevity is to allow this to heal and find out what you can do to minimise recurrence. Your OOO GP sounds about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike, much like my own.

You may have tight hamstrings and need to make an issue of stretching them. Warm up and stretching beforehand is so vital to help protect cold muscles from this insanity!

Hope you don't feel too down and remember you have an injury and that you need care!


This link is to the exercises my physio gave me for knee trouble.They're brilliant and work really well but you do have to do them regularly. I'm sure with some rest and strengthening exercises, you'll be fine.

Also, if you look back a day on the forum, Pigivi posted a really interesting looking link to knee issues and ways to address them using yoga. Good luck Kat


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