The cartilage under your kneecap is a natural shock absorber. Overuse, injury or other factors may lead to a condition known as patellofemoral pain syndrome.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome usually causes a dull, aching pain in the front of your knee. This pain can be aggravated when you:
- Walk up or down stairs
- Kneel or squat
- Sit with a bent knee for long periods of time
Causes & Solutions
Saddle Fore Aft Position
Cause: The saddle is too far forward.
Solution: Move your saddle back to its ideal aft position.
Leg Length Discrepancy
Assessing Anterior Knee Pain
Self assessing the root of the knee pain is extremely important to a speed recovery. Start by treating it as an overuse injury and taking a rest for 3 days, while icing and heating the area and perhaps even take an ibuprofen. Then make sure to test only one variable at a time. Perhaps you think it is due to a low saddle height, raise your saddle height a small amount and then get back on your bike and test out your theory. Make sure to not increase your training load to more than 50% of what it previously was until you have isolated the root cause of the knee pain and fixed it.
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