Hi 50+ runners. I'm 56. I have a long history of running. For the last 5+ years I've been running injury free. I'm currently having a problem with my knee. Seems an 8 mile hilly trail run got to my knee. The best I can tell is that its sore on the outside. It hurts when I press on that area. I've rehab this kind of injury in the past on the on the other knee years ago so this is a familiar "road".
I'm not sure if there are any tears involved or not. Seems to me that my knee is just sore from "overuse" on that trail run I did. My question is, has anyone had just a sore knee's that went away with time? Has anyone had a mild torn Lateral Meniscus and if so what did you do for it?
Over all, I'm healthy and in good condition. I suppose I plan on just stopping the running until I see what happens with my knee. I'm hoping rest and ice will do. Its times like this that I realize how much I still enjoy and have that passion for running. familiar
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I too have struggled with knee issues. In my experience, I have dealt with knee pain two ways:
1) Often it signals I need a new pair of shoes.
2) Other times it signals I need to stop torquing the knee by running cross-country (which I prefer, and by your screen name I'm guessing you do, too). Moving to the track often eases the pain.
Once, several years ago, I was running cross-country and my knee hurt so badly I had to walk back to my car. On a hunch, I drove straight to the track. I was able to run at the track immediately, with no pain at all! I took some time off from running cross-country and my knee got better.
If you don't have a track, your local gym probably has treadmills.
I don't recommend paved roads if your knee is sore, for two reasons: roads are typically angled slightly which torques your knee, and pavement is always hard which jars your knee.
I'm a dark horse, running on a dark race course.
I've had minor knee pain crop up, then go away, but nothing that's lasted for more than a day or two.
With that being my only experience, I guess rice would be my first suggestion and if your knee doesn't respond, probably a wise choice would be to see a doc.
And welcome to the forum xc29...
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