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    Minor knee injury, mental anguish! Time for some cross training?

    Hey all, my doctor has ordered me off my bike for up to a week due to a injury I inflicted upon myself while time trailling on my road bike.

    The problem is that I have inflamed the soft tissues/cartelidge around the right front side of my left knee, leading to pain when I move it. The degree of pain has steadily decreased from excruitiating when I got off my bike and could pedal no more, to a now constant ache that should hopefully be hidden by some new more powerful prescribed pain killers I have been given today.

    The cause is that I have over-developed my inner quad muscles (especially on my left leg), resulting in my patella being pulled diagonally across the joint with each contraction, wearing on the soft tissues.

    This is no where near some of the horror stories I have read here and elsewhere of injuries suffered in crashes, so I know I am getting off lightly.

    My current thought as to a prevention of this happening again is some form of cross training. I also need to work on my core strength as well anyway. Can any one field on suggestions on low impact cross training sports / activities I could take up to address these two key areas?

    I have been considering: Swimming, Pilates, Kayaking, Rowing and gym based strength training. I dislike using gyms for the cost and I much prefer fresh air, even if its cold and raining.

    Any thoughts?

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    I am going thru this same thing right now and have had tons of success doing physical therapy prescribed by my sports doc. It basically a combination of stretching and strengthening. And I do go to the dreaded gym but mostly just to do the light weight exercises given to me by the therapist.

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    Having seen my doctor this morning, I can talked to some physio's at a walk in centre. Ive been given some strengthening exercises to follow and advised that I am clear to start swimming right away (gently, no breast stroke). The physio also thought pilates was a good idea.

    I now must contact my doctor tommorow to be reffered to a physio for a dedicated consultation at the main local hospital. Apparently I might have to wait a couple of months!

    I'll see what my doctor says tommorow and if I face a long wait, I might consult the services of a private physio to help me recuperate and plan my training better.

    Slightly on a side note, does any one know of any state provision (In the UK of course) for sport specific coaching for adults? I am not talented so the Olympic team certainly wouldn't have me!

    I probably have been pushing myself too hard. Despite my rubbish bike, I would like to get involved in some racing and time trails. In the week running up to my injury, I had ramped up my mileage and speed. I need a coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpr
    Having seen my doctor this morning, I can talked to some physio's at a walk in centre. Ive been given some strengthening exercises to follow and advised that I am clear to start swimming right away (gently, no breast stroke). The physio also thought pilates was a good idea.

    I now must contact my doctor tommorow to be reffered to a physio for a dedicated consultation at the main local hospital. Apparently I might have to wait a couple of months!

    I'll see what my doctor says tommorow and if I face a long wait, I might consult the services of a private physio to help me recuperate and plan my training better.

    Slightly on a side note, does any one know of any state provision (In the UK of course) for sport specific coaching for adults? I am not talented so the Olympic team certainly wouldn't have me!

    I probably have been pushing myself too hard. Despite my rubbish bike, I would like to get involved in some racing and time trails. In the week running up to my injury, I had ramped up my mileage and speed. I need a coach.
    Your knee injury does sound minor. The pain you're having sounds like pain associated with swelling. I'd just lay off of everything for a couple of weeks and see what happens. As to a private doctor and having a long "wait" to get seen by a doctor: That's one of the reasons I would never want socialized health care here in the U.S. If I need to see a doctor, I simply go and pay my portion of my doctors visit. I know that's a separate subject, though. Good luck on your knee. I'm nursing a badly sprained wrist right now, so I literally feel your pain and I am not happy about not riding for the last week!

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    Thank you for the kind words. I hope your wrist recovers soon too. I am itching for a ride but its given me some time to relax. I might even have time to play some of my PC games which have been collecting dust since discovering cycling.

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