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06 Aug 2007

knee problems
Hi, i have just started going to gym, i use the treadmill most of the time and have been suffering from an aching knee,what do you think the cause is? How do i solve it?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Concerned

There are some pretty common knee complaints when people start using treadmills for the first time. Remember, you've never really loaded the knee and 'made the demands' you are making now and so it's actually quite reasonable to think that there'll be some sort of pain. Obviously, you don't want that to be any worse, and you have to cut it before it devleops, but it's not uncommon, for what it's worth as reassurance!

Guessing the specific problem is another story - it would be just that, a guess. The most likely, purely based on your history and what tiny bit I know, is that you have developed something called Runner's Knee. This happens when the muscles that control the knee are a little weak, and they fail to ensure that it moves smoothly as your knee bends and straightens. The solution is to first reduce the training a little, so that you remove the stress, and then you should start working on your quad strength. You can do this by doing squats, but only up to halfway down, not further. There will be instructors at the gym who can help with this.

Please note this is not a diagnosis, just some speculation. But I suspect that if you reduce the training load - either the distance you run or the speed, for a week or so, you will see ths problem disappear and then with some strength work, it will hopefully never return.

Good luck
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