View Full Version : Cars are evil!

09-11-2006, 07:26 PM
They don't even have to hit you to hurt you.

I messed my knee up getting into and out of our car. I really messed it up - as in it hurt so badly I was unable to sleep. The blahblah (interior?) bursa is injured.

Anyway, today, I did the cortisone injection thing (DH's comment: "There goes your Olympic career" :mad: ). Now I'm sitting here in a knee brace feeling sorry for myself.

My doc enthusiasticly approved more bike riding, as it keeps the knee strong (though obviously not strong enough!) and is a non-weight-bearing activity (I have a cool doc.), so I gave it a try tonight. 3 miles, abysmal average speed, more or less constant, um, awareness of the knee, heart and lungs wondering if I'd forgotten them, but I was out there, doing my thing.

So here's the question: I really noticed the knee when clicking out on that side. I'm worried that the heeling out action will make things worse - or at least delay healing. Am I being a silly? Twisting was, after all, what got me into trouble in the first place.

If it really is a problem, what's the solution?

I can't get started (for the nonce) with that pedal, so not clipping out is a non-solution. I'd just as soon ride...

In the meantime, are there good tips for healing a blahblah bursa? Any excercises/stretches to keep this from happening again? Any good web sites?

I'll take sympathy, too.

09-12-2006, 08:10 AM
Not sure how exactly you twisted your knee from getting in and out of a car, but didn't you get a chance to see a physiotherapist over the knee??

09-12-2006, 10:50 AM

You might call the doc and ask him - sounds like he is a neat guy and it's awesome he was so supportive of your cycling - see what he thinks of the clipping/unclipping action

or: switch to platforms for the next few days until the knee feels better.

09-12-2006, 11:24 AM
Awww, sorry to hear about your injury, Mom. Don't have anything helpful to say, other than get well soon!

09-12-2006, 06:34 PM
Mel - It's remarkably easy to twist a knee getting out of a car. Just have a DH who doesn't leave enough room in the garage to open the door completely and get out by putting all your (considerable, in my case) weight on your left leg and twist your way out of there. A small, low to the ground car is helpful (?) in this regard, too. Doc says this is a pretty common injury.

CMac: Doc, BTW is female and pretty neat, but I'm not convinced that she knows much biking. I didn't realize clicking out would be a problem until I tried it, anyway, considerably after I talked to her.

The knee feels much better today, last night I was feeling pretty sorry for myself, so I whined.

I went 15 miles this evening, slowly, avoiding all hills, and, um, treating Stop signs as Slow-Down-and-Look-Carefully signs so I didn't have to put a foot down as often. I seem to have modified my clipping out action so it doesn't hurt as much, too. Don't ask me how... I'm not sure I can tell you.

DH & I rode to dinner. I swooped in on my recumbent, hobbled into the restaurant, ate, hobbled out, and swooped off again on my bike. I'm sure there's at least a cartoon in there somewhere.

So I think I'm healing. Scary shots and ugly braces do work miracles. If I can just not stand and walk I'll be fine.

Thanks to all for the good wishes. I'm still looking for good all-around knee strengthening excercises, though.

09-13-2006, 12:05 AM
Glad your knee is better Mom... Hope you recover well:)