Severe knee and leg pain
Ok so knee issues run in my family, but I am only 19 y/o! I should not be having knee issues yet. It hurts me so bad to walk after a ride that I dread dismounting. My dismount is perfect according to many people, but I get these awful shooting pains in my feet and knees. My knees have given out on my after a ride before because they are so out of sorts. What is wrong? Does anybody think riding with ace bandages will help? How about for the dismount? At this point I am dismounting at an alarmingly slow pace. Luckily my dear horse stands still for it, but I basically shimmy myself off so I can land as lightly as physically possible and not jar my legs and feet.
My chiropractor says that the angle my hips take on my legs are why my knees take so much stress already, but seriously, this is painful. They get swollen as well, so I have been icing and heating them.
I am worried though. I mean for only being 19, what is it going to be like when I'm 40 and riding?! Will I even be able to ride at that point? Not riding would absolutely break my heart :(
I would suggest using a mounting block to help ease the dismount. What is your seat like during the ride? Often times riders are sitting in a way that puts pressure on the joints/feet. You don't feel the effects at the time as it is a numbing sort of pressure, but you will certainly feel it when you dismount and ask those legs/feet to carry your body.
it hurts while I ride sometimes too. I have always been told my posture and positioning are pretty good. So I don't know! lol
Do you have your stirrups at the correct length? For years I'd ridden with my stirrups at the same length and had knee issues. More so with my left then my right. I lowered my stirrups one simple hole. No issues anymore! I thought I had then at a perfect length and people said my form was wonderful.
Maybe try lowering them one or two holes and see how you feel!
I never thought of that! at this moment in time I am actually in between saddles...I have been riding bareback for about a month and a half :) But I have always had the knee pain. I will try lowering them thanks!
I'm 18 and have slightly similar pains, but thats because my patella is misaligned. I was in physical therapy earlier in the year to strengthen my hips because they thought it was due to my hip-knee ratio. I would say head to a doctor if lowering your stirrups doesn't help and the pain continues.
Hm. Did you ever think of a knee brace?
I tore my ACL and I'm not getting surgery till August, and my knee is getting looser, (I tore more things in there than my ACL) so I'm thinking of getting one of these:
Knee Support - Standard - Frontier Western Shop Ltd.
I already have the kind with the metal bars in it, but it's very impractical for riding.
Also, take an aspirin or two before you ride, it helps with the inflammation. Again, from my ACL experience.
Doing knee exercises will help a lot too. I've been looking at ones to do before my knee surgery, I'm sure they'd help you too!
If the pain is severe then I would consult a knee specialist. Especially. Given your family's history you may be doing serious damage to your knee and not realizing it. Better to spend a little time at the doctor BEFORE you cause irreversible harm to yourself like my mother did. I would also avoid seeing a chiro for diagnosis ... they can sometimes make things worse rather than better. A knee brace isn't always a good idea with certain knee problems: again sometimes a brace can make things worse. See an orthopedic specialist if you haven't already.
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