I have now been able to get most of my issues under control with the help of a reumatologist, a good supply of NSAIDS and a lot of stretching. Feeling better has opened up more ability to ride and... patellofemoral syndrome. Typical. When it became impossible to walk down the stairs, I gave up and decided to take a few days off and see what would happen. So far it is a mixed bag. Sitting for any length of time makes me knees hurt, but then just about everything makes them worse. Despite 15 years of treating people with RSI (Repetitive Stress Injuries) like this, I am still frustrated and I feel hamstrung and I can't wait for this to be over. I am a terrible patient and I do not listen to anything I say.
So, with that in mind I thought I would share some things I found interesting or funny from the Web about bicycle related injuries. This first one made me laugh.
Cyclist is male.
Cyclist is nine to 14 years of age.
Cycling in the summer.
Cycling in late afternoon or early evening.
Cyclist does not wear helmet.
Motor vehicle involved.
Unsafe riding environment.
Cyclist is from an unstable family environment.
Cyclist has preexisting psychiatric condition.
Cyclist is intoxicated.
Cyclist is involved in competitive mountain-bike racing.
I am not sure that my knees are effected by any preexisting psychiatric condition, but then again, denial is a prime component of most psychiatric conditions so I could be wrong. Also, if I were an 11 year old boy, I doubt my knees would be an issue.
For more useful information on pain related to bicycle riding, you just can not go wrong with the amazing Sheldon Brown. I will be taking his advice to see if I have lateral movement in my pedaling. It is certainly possible as I have a very wide q-angle and tend to ride with my feet right on the outer edge of my pedals.
If all else fails, I could resort to the age old remedy of my people. It has worked for generations!
How do you deal with the pains that come from human powered movement?