beginning of knee pain..what to do?

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  1. blakesq

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    I am 42 years old, about 240 lbs, and play a lot of doubles tennis (and some singles). Anyhow, I have had some pain in my left knee for the last 2 or 3 days.

    The pain is similar to pain i got about 16 years ago when I trained for a marathon and increased my mileage too rapidly, and had to skip the marathon that year (but ran it the next year). Of course, 16 years ago, i was in my 20's and weighed around 170 lbs.

    Any advise on what I should do to prevent the knee pain from developing into something more serious?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Loco4Tennis

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    i dislocated my left knee years ago, and when i try to play either doubles or singles, lateral movement causes my knee ligaments to act up, dont know is that a similar istuation you have, but to prevent pain or reduse pain i have been able to use a ace knee brace with lateral support,
    for light practises i could do without it, but when quick lateral movement is needed i definately need to throw one on
    the ones i have seem to be made out of the wetsuit material, spongue like, they absort sweet pretty good and stay put
     
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  3. chess9

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    1. See a doctor;
    2. Lose 50-70 lbs;
    3. Stop playing tennis if you are getting serious pain.

    Your ideal weight is probably very close to your weight around age 18-20. The closer you are to that weight, the less likely you are to get injured, assuming you are training properly, eating right, and not doing anything extreme like motorcycle racing.

    How will you be at age 60 and 240 lbs? Heart disease, diabetes, joint problems, etc.? Don't go there. Grab yourself by the butt now.

    Good luck, mate.

    -Robert
     
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  4. Inner Game

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    Well, I just had knee surgery...I just hit 53 and a USPTA pro. If the pain is on the outside of the knee chances are your meniscus is torn. Which is common after age 40....I'm about the same weigh as you and the surgeon told me my knee is basically shot....worn out.....the extra weight we carry also made my knee show signs of oncoming Osterarthritis. He told me drop some weight and get ready in 3-5 years for a total knee replacement.
    Not good news for me....but if I were you I would get an MRI right away. Up until 14 months ago I had never had any kind of knee pain...now I'm kinda depressed about it....But I hope yours isn't as serious as mine...
    But if you have outside knee pain and fluid buildup (I never even felt any fluid in my knee) chance are the meniscus is the problem....You have 2 meniscus's in each knee and I had tears in both of them.
    The meniscus distributes the weight evenly on the knee so there is no bone on bone...when you get bone on bone thats when the Osterarthritis sets in...

    But get it checked out....I wish I would have earlier...but I waited 1 year.

    Good Luck
     
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  5. volusiano

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    Is this something due to the overweight problem? Or something else? Is it preventable?

    What could you have done differently to keep it from getting worse, had you had it checked out 1 year earlier?
     
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    Quit kicking the dog. Or your wife.:twisted:

    Could be jumper's knee. Could be a ligament issue. Could be a cartilage (meniscus) problem. Could be the patella. Could be that you need to be 170 lbs. Could be something else.

    You might need a knee strap (for jumper's knee), a knee brace or a compression wrap. You may need new shoes or may even need to consider orthotics -- a custom orthotic may be required but you might be able to get away with something like SOLE footbeds or SUPERfeet.

    Bottom line: consult a physician.
     
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    My wife has a problem with her iliotibial band, which runs along the outside edge of your knee. At the end of the day, you really should see a doctor about this (knee problems don't just go away by themselves...) but check out these links first:
    http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipknee/a/kneesymptoms.htm

    Does it hurt when you walk down stairs?
    http://www.sportsinjurybulletin.com/archive/0168-knee-injuries.htm
    http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/patelladisorders/a/chondromalacia.htm
     
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  8. blakesq

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    No pain when I walk down stairs. Its kind of a vague discomfort in my knee, that occurs only after I have been playing lots of tennis. I currently do not have the pain. I need to lose about 60-70 lbs, but it is not easy!


     
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  10. babolat41

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    Easy Dr. 90210
     
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