Me: 20 years old, competitive XC/endurance racer. I have been professionally fit on my bikes.
On March 17th during a mountain bike race my knee smacked my handle bars after I came unclipped on a steep climb. The impact hurt pretty bad - there was pain throughout my leg. It didn't feel like a typical smack of the knee, maybe something similar to hitting your funny bone. The week after the impact the knee felt fine while off the bike, but after some hard intervals it would flare up and I would have difficulty pedaling and getting out of the saddle. I pushed through the pain (which was a mistake) and may have made it worse. I spent the next 2 weeks on and off the bike, doing easy 1 hour rides. On these rides the knee would begin to feel tender/painful by the end of the rides. While off the bike I can feel some knee pain but only after riding, it doesn't restrict my movement or feel like it will give way. I iced plenty, took ibuprofen, and saw 2 physical therapists. They just told me it was a bruised knee, did some astym and electric stim. I figured that my knee needed a longer period of time off, so I took the next 10 days off the bike.
I got back on the bike a week ago and the knee felt ok, but on the next ride the pain returned (I did smack it in the middle of night on a chair ). The pain is on the inside of the knee right next to the knee cap and hurts on the downstroke. No pain to the touch though. Heat seems to help with the pain after riding. After sitting still and moving the knee I can feel it. On Monday I went to a great orthopedic sports doc and he checked it out. X-ray looked pretty normal, but he said my kneecap was on a slight angle (uneven cartilage or something) but not bad. I kinda wanted an MRI but didn't push for one. He said since there is no swelling, fluid, or tears that the MRI isn't necessary and we can re evaluate in 6 weeks.
Anyone have any thoughts or experience something like this?
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