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    Knee pain from riding?

    One of my knees has been bothering me lately. I have been riding for two years and this started this summer. I attributed the pain to exercising and stretching but I experienced it on two occasions returning after an hour long ride. It was mostly pressure that I had to try to relieve by taking my foot off the footpeg and loosening it up in the air. My theory is that having the leg bent and exposed to engine vibration somehow aggravates it. I am in my fourties - anyone else has had something like this?

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    I too, have to stretch my leg from time to time. I ride sporty bikes so my legs are scrunched up. Too much saddle time in one position makes it stiffen up. At low speeds I sometimes stand up on the pegs before sitting down again. Ibuprofen or tylenol are in my tankbag for long rides, and glucosamine pills as a supplement keeps most of the aches and pain manageable. Lately CBD oil seems to help ... at least it is not making it worse.
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    Nope, I'm older :I hurt everywhere!
    but I seem to forget about pain when I'm riding so I just keep riding and hope it goes away.

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    My son is studying to be a physical therapist. They have a saying related to sore joints; "motion is lotion". He explained to me that joints do not have blood flow. They have a fluid (synovial fluid). This fluid builds up toxins that can cause pain, arthritis and joint deterioration. Moving your joints through exercise, even just walking, moves the old fluid out and lets new fluid in. This is important to keeping your joints healthy and pain free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trials View Post
    Nope, I'm older :I hurt everywhere!
    but I seem to forget about pain when I'm riding so I just keep riding and hope it goes away.
    This would be me as well. Some days worse than others. I never let it bother me.

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    Have dead-guy parts in my left knee. Longer rides can aggravate it, but here are a couple of things which help:

    -Doing 'air squats' on the bike: Put your weight on the footpegs, but don't stand up. Just hover over the seat by about an inch. Combo quad smoker and knee relief.

    -Standing up on the pegs as mentioned above

    -Hamstring stretches while stopped. Part of my issue is that when seated for long periods, the hamstrings tighten up and therefore don't release pressure on the knee even when seated.

    One of the compounding issues with a bike vs a car, is that in a car, you can generally move your feet around, especially if you have cruise control. This allows you to keep from sitting in one specific position for longer periods, which is part of what builds all that pressure you describe. Hanging off like a spider-monkey in the corners helps some, but for long super-slab runs, I've found doing the above helps. Hamstring stretches are especially helpful, and most often forgotten by the average Joe.

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    I like the idea of doing the exercises you mentioned while riding. The two bikes I ride, Ninja 300 and CB1000R, are on the small side for me which leads to leg cramping. I may also look into custom seats, the stock seats are too hard anyways, to raise my seating position and lessen the knee bend.

    I ignored the minor knee pain I had last summer when I was riding but I had a major flare up for which I had to go to a doctor last Saturday. I am going to a specialist next week so we will see what he thinks about motorcycle riding impact.

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    I have arthritis in one ankle from a previous motorcycle crash. It stiffens up on long slab rides. I take my feet off the pegs and do air circles which helps. Yeah, major flare ups, inject cortisone and ice packs.
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    Definitely move and stretch. I try to stand up for a bit at least every 30 minutes or so. This is proactive and fends off the stiffness for quite a bit.
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    I notice that my right knee will tighten up when I'm on the bike for an extended period. The seat on the "new" bike is lower in relation to the bars, so it is a challenge to stand and stretch like galaxieman suggests - though that worked fantastically on the Rockster.

    My hip joint stiffens up as well. I make a point of stretching when I stop for gas. I'll lay one leg on the bike seat and bend/reach as far forward as I can, switching legs at least once.
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