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Knee Tendonitis?

Hello T-maggers,
I have a bad case of knee tendonitis,and was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to get rid of it.I love training legs hard and heavy along with sprint work for cardio.Please if you have any suggestions chime in. Thanks

Are you self-diagnosed, are have you already seen a specialist? I’m asking in part because my hinges have gotten a bit creaky lately, and I was wondering what sort of initial symptoms you’re seeing??

[quote]Boscobarbell wrote:
Are you self-diagnosed, are have you already seen a specialist? I’m asking in part because my hinges have gotten a bit creaky lately, and I was wondering what sort of initial symptoms you’re seeing??[/quote]

I went to a ART specialist for diagnosis.The pain is just below the patella(knee cap).

I have a similar problem - for me, it is patella tendonitis. You may want to ask your doc if there are any stretches you can do that will help it - mine gave me some stretches, and they definitely help.

Second, if your’s is patella tendonitis, get a “cho-pat strap” - its a knee support thing that is just a thin band and has a foam pad on part of it that sits just under the knee. If your’s is a different kind of tendonitis, then again, ask your doc - you may need a different kind of knee support device. The important thing is to get something to support the knee during your workouts.

Third, when it does flare up, take aleve until it calms down (thats what my doc suggested at least).

Fourth, and this is the unfortunate part: For me, the very movement of squats are what causes it to get angry. So, I’m having to use a low weight (and I mean LOW). My weight is ever so slowly building back up though. The bad thing is, I sincerely doubt I will ever be able to do more than one or two sets of squats in a workout without getting my knee started - its like it can take that much, but more, not so much. Im just glad I can do squats at all though, prior to seeing the doc doing even a few was a dubious proposition at best.

You may have better results than I in the squat department - just depends on how well the support devices / stretches / whatever else your doc says works. One thing, I saw an orthopedic doctor, but he also specialized in sports type medicine. If you haven’t seen such a doc, I’d recommend you do so - they are much more likely to say “do X, Y, and Z and limit A” than say “well if running/squatting/whatever hurts never do it again.”

Tendonitis or tendonosis? In other words, go read my NEACSM reviews. How you treat one will be entirely inappropriate for the other.

[quote]Eric Cressey wrote:
Tendonitis or tendonosis? In other words, go read my NEACSM reviews. How you treat one will be entirely inappropriate for the other.[/quote]

HOW WOULD I FIND THOSE REVIEWS?

[quote]Sniper99 wrote:
I have a similar problem - for me, it is patella tendonitis. You may want to ask your doc if there are any stretches you can do that will help it - mine gave me some stretches, and they definitely help.

Second, if your’s is patella tendonitis, get a “cho-pat strap” - its a knee support thing that is just a thin band and has a foam pad on part of it that sits just under the knee. If your’s is a different kind of tendonitis, then again, ask your doc - you may need a different kind of knee support device. The important thing is to get something to support the knee during your workouts.

Third, when it does flare up, take aleve until it calms down (thats what my doc suggested at least).

Fourth, and this is the unfortunate part: For me, the very movement of squats are what causes it to get angry. So, I’m having to use a low weight (and I mean LOW). My weight is ever so slowly building back up though. The bad thing is, I sincerely doubt I will ever be able to do more than one or two sets of squats in a workout without getting my knee started - its like it can take that much, but more, not so much. Im just glad I can do squats at all though, prior to seeing the doc doing even a few was a dubious proposition at best.

You may have better results than I in the squat department - just depends on how well the support devices / stretches / whatever else your doc says works. One thing, I saw an orthopedic doctor, but he also specialized in sports type medicine. If you haven’t seen such a doc, I’d recommend you do so - they are much more likely to say “do X, Y, and Z and limit A” than say “well if running/squatting/whatever hurts never do it again.”[/quote]

WHAT TYPE OF STRETCHES DID HE PRESCRIBE?
THANKS FOR THE REPLY.

Could you give a little more information? What aggravates your knee? What eases the pain? How did you first injure your knee? Any history of injury to the knee? Has anyone looked at joint mobility of patellofemoral, tibiofemoral, etc.?

General advice: if it is truly tendinitis, you can use anti-inflammatories (advil) and ice. Also, you will need to take some rest initially. Then you can build back up slowly.

[quote]JSEXTREME wrote:
Eric Cressey wrote:
Tendonitis or tendonosis? In other words, go read my NEACSM reviews. How you treat one will be entirely inappropriate for the other.

HOW WOULD I FIND THOSE REVIEWS?[/quote]

Click on the “Archives” button at the top right of the screen and scroll down a bit under 2004.