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post #21 of 29 Old 10-28-2010, 02:07 AM Thread Starter
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I have been riding for about 12 years or so but the last 5 have been more serious riding.

I will have to try the supplements and also try the stretches and exercising. I am bound to find something that will help eventually :]

Thanks Strange, Beau and Smarby. Strange it does sound like maybe I have a similiar if not the same problem that you have. I will definitely give your suggestions a try. I already wear a brace on my left wrist when I jump due to tendonitis and a previous compression fracture that did not heal properly, I want to avoid the knee brace if I can. I am gonna look like Terminator on horseback pretty soon ;]
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post #22 of 29 Old 10-28-2010, 03:33 AM
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All you young folks with knee pain! Wait til you are middle aged!
Anyway, I perked up when I heard one person who said she was diagnosed wtih petallofemoral syndrome. I have that , too. It comes and goes and when I keep my quads strong, it is better. But I also play badminotn which is really hard on ones knees. Anyway, along with taking anti inflammatories when I really need to, I started to read this book called, "Pain Free". It's kind of old but it talks about exersizes to help reduce pain in the body. ONe of the things he talks about is how malalingments of the pelvis can be the basis of near about all other pain problems. If the pelvis is not square and we don't track out knees straight through with each of the millions and millions of steps that we take, then knee and foot trouble are not far behind. One exersize that helps is to stand with your feet pointed straight ahead and shoulder distance apart. Stand up straight and gently engage your core muscles to not droop in any place along your spine. Then, all you do is squeeze your buttocks closed as tight as you can for about 20 seconds. release and repeat over and over again. You try not to engage any other muscle, only the gluteal. You may feel the femur roll forward a little in the hip socket as it squares itself to where it should be. When it is rolled to the outside, it causes your knee to track to the outside instead of straight through. It helped me alot and is so easy to do. Do it with care to stand as I explained, and to isolate those muscles and hold it. I do it while doing dishes, at the grocery checkout , you name it.'

Also , the author recommend to NOT use knee braces unless you are recovering from an injury. More often than not they cause problems rather than prevent. I don't know if I agree with that, but I did find that the knee brace I had was pushing my patella (knee cap) off to one side a bit which felt bad. So, I play badminton without a brace as much as I can and ride without too.

I will be looking into getting some offset stirrups for my dressage saddle. It hurts me to sit in it for longer than an hour.
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I have the same problem, in both knees...osteoarthritus runs in my family, as do just plain bad joints (many of my relatives have had atleast one, or several joint surgeries...ugggh). I have knee braces that I will use on longer rides, otherwise I will just flop my feet out of the stirrups for a while, or get off and walk for a few moments.

I have had success with different joint supplements, but haven't taken them in a while...I probably should, especially with it getting colder now!

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Wow, sounds like there are a lot of us 'knee pain' riders out there. I have had problems with my left knee since, maybe, high school. I ran cross country in middle school and I don't know if that had anything to do with knee always 'popped' when I did stretches and squats anyway. But now it is hurting enough to get in the way of my riding. I used to ride once or twice a week when I was younger, showed in jumpers and flat courses, with no knee problems. But, alas, maybe it's just age. I was hoping to read this thread and find someone with the same type of pain that I have that would have some secret miracle cure that I could try! So, the pain in my left knee (my right is fine) is mainly along the BACK of my knee when I ride. When I'm walking, running it is the side of my knee and almost always also the back. There have been times that I felt like my knee joint was 'loose', it feels like it comes out of joint when I'm walking. That hasn't happened for a LONG time but when it did, I would wear a knee brace and it would be better in a day or so. When I ride, if I can just SIT in the saddle with my feet in the stirrups it doesn't hurt. But when I have to use my leg to go faster, or leg yields, it's really painful. Also my instructor says I don't put my left heel down I mostly ride with my left foot flat, even when I'm really TRYING to put my heel down. My right is fine. I do have problems with my sacroiliac in my pelvis on that side so I have also thought maybe that has something to do with it. I go to the chiropractor once a month and he says that side is always 'stuck' and it takes some work to get it adjusted again. I've been thinking about riding with my knee brace to see if it helps and I was wondering if other people do and what kind of brace they wear. This is they type I have Ace Neoprene Open Patella Knee Brace#
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Well the swivel stirrups aren't that good. My grandpa has em' because his knees are bad and he hated them, although your probably younger haha. So maybe they'll be better for u:)

But i'm talking about Western though so if its english stirrups i dunno.

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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
Also , the author recommend to NOT use knee braces unless you are recovering from an injury. More often than not they cause problems rather than prevent. I don't know if I agree with that, but I did find that the knee brace I had was pushing my patella (knee cap) off to one side a bit which felt bad. So, I play badminton without a brace as much as I can and ride without too.
Well just to test it, I wore my knee brace all day yesterday while working and found that not only did my knee hurt MORE at the end of the day but also my ankle and hip hurt. So I decided NOT to ride with it on today. Instead I used this gel (arnica gel) last night and this morning before I rode and it worked great. It's a topical gel that is good for sore muscles and bruises. I have also started taking joint supplements too. I used to for a while but stopped. And I took someone else's advice and went today and got a different kind than what I have been taking so I can rotate usage
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i have a permanent injure caused by a horse fall in my right knee, i broke my ligaments so when it happened everyone wanted to make a surgery but me, almost 8 yrs from that ans still no surgery.
i do get some condroitine pills, they really do help and i use arnica too and when the pain is just to much i rub it with alcohol and get a couple of aspirins (especially in cold weather).
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post #28 of 29 Old 06-29-2011, 06:08 PM
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I know someone with bad knees, rides western, he got some special knee saving stirrups. The bottom, or 'step' part of the stirrup is angled, higher on the inside, lower on the outside. He finds them comfortable and believes he gets some relief with them.
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Rather than spending a fortune going to doctors and thinking your leg will need to be amputated :P - maybe you should look at your position, and how well your saddle suits your body type. In my own saddle, on my own horse, I have no pain. Today I rode my coaches 17h PSG wb, and we have very different body shapes. Her saddle is suited to her long legs, not my short ones, and I got off with very sore knees from having to subconsciously hold myself in place in the saddle.

You could also be sitting crookedly in the saddle, gripping with one thigh/knee, twisting out slightly in one lower leg... the list is endless. I'd analyse your position before I went racing out to the doctor.

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