Carlo wrote:I don't seem to of had much luck this year. I've had a lot of pain in my shoulders from an over enthusiastic press up session earlier in the year, and both my knees are giving me grief.
I've been seeing my physio and my shoulders are almost back to normal, but my knees are still playing up.
This morning my knees were really sore and walking was slow and uncomfortable.
Anyway, what I wanted to ask is, what do you guys that have problems with knee pain do to keep yourselves active and on the mat?
Tomorrow I have a four hour course with Jane Bridge and I don't want to miss it.
I was thinking of Ibuprofen and knee supports.
Wow, and I thought that the JudoForum supreme leadership came with an immortal body !
The knees together with the shoulder is a complex joint, not just complex in the way it is built, but complex in terms of the different kind of injuries and problems that can affect it. Consequently it is no surprise realizing that properly treating it can be a challenge.
It is not possible to provide a sensible response based on the information provided. For example, one can't even say if it is an injury, an acute injury, a chronic injury or an underlying disease such as osteoarthritis. This urge for details is not made frivolously reflects an important point, namely that optimal treatment will depend on the type of injury. With such a complex joint it is not the best strategy to just try out things without at least having a 'likely' diagnosis. In your case, I have no idea whether the problem is osseous, cartilagenous, muscular, ligamentous, bursa-related, systematic. The problem could be innocent, or ... as a matter of speaking, just to make a point ... it could be a symptom of a potentially fatal disease; as said, I am just trying to make a point.
My impression is that the approach you are exploring is one of ... if it doesn't help it doesn't harm. Whether that approach is wise is hard to say. Ibuprofen probably won't do much harm to your knee, although a concentration high enough to make a difference might cause a stomach bleeding if one is really unlucky, or kidney or liver problems. In >90% cases, it won't, but some people belong to the other group ...
Even if you feel that you can't be of much help since you are unable to diagnose or specify the problem further as suggested, you can do more. You could attempt to describe the kind of discomfort. Is is discomfort or pain. What movements hurt the most; is it hard to walk stairs up or down ? Is it the worst in the morning or evening ? Where precisely is it located ? You might want to go on the Internet find a picture of a knee and draw arrows on it and post it to give a more accurate idea.
How long have you had it ? Did it happen suddenly out of the blue or not ? When did you first have it ? During training or after waking up ? Are the problems in your knees unrelated to those in your shoulders or not ? If one has underlying osteoarthritis or something similar, then they are not unrelated. So really, much, much, much more detail. Think of yourself as if you were writing a CK post ...