1.) Question: Hello Dr. Kalia, I’ve been running for 11 years now and it seems every time I’m well into my training I hit a wall with my left knee. I’m only 20yrs old and I seem to be the only one my age running into this problem. I have trouble bending all the way and the pain is in both the inside and the outside where my mcl is. I have noticed the muscles in my right leg around the knee are slight smaller than my left. Is this why I have these problems?
Answer: I have posted some recent videos and posts on my site on treatment for knee pain with running. You might need to strengthen the hip and leg muscles more, reduce shock on the knees and take supplements for better joint health.
2.) Question: I am 30 years old male. for a month I did a job requiring 12 hours standing around 15 days. Because of this there was a clicking sound in my knee, and I started feeling instability during walking. I used to brisk walk and run daily earlier, but now I can only manage walking. I got an X-ray done and it found Mild Degenerative Medial Compartment in one of my knee. Do you think exersises suggested by you could cure my situation and I can start running again?
Answer: You need to make sure that the instability is under control before you run. Can use a brace or ace bandage to support the joint when you are walking. Reduce the irritation first, make sure you have full mobility and then focus on strengthening. Yest the exercises will help a lot. Also need to do regular massage of the knee followed by heat.
3.) Question: I’ve been battling a weakness just above the knee for the past year, either my quad muscle or tendon. Not sure what it is, but when i bend at certain angles, i can feel like its going to give out. It has affected by basketball/ volleyball play, as my jumping is severely impacted. I even tried doing these 1 legged squats, and i can’t go down a few inches without feeling pain/weakness. Is there an underlying issue, or is it just weakness of the muscle?
Answer: Yes you can have weakness and/or quadriceps tendonitis. The muscle/tendon can have adhesions thickening causing pain and less flexibility. Check out my video on quadriceps tendonitis cross friction massage and check out my site for more info tridoshawellness.com.
4.) Question: Thanks for the great video. I have runners knee and piriformis muscle syndrome, hope these can help. Question. When I kneel forward, or if I put pressure on my knees by kneeling on them or long car rides or sitting in a movie theathre will make them soar for a few days up to a week. Is this a common symptom of runners knee? Will these excercises help with that? thanks
Answer: Yes these exercises will help strengthen the knee without putting excessive strain on the joint. Sounds like your have patellar tendonitis or tendinosis with some degenerative changes of the joint. Specially if the pain is more superficial and front of the joint below or around the knee cap. Pyriformis syndrome is usually involves some low back/sacro-iliac joint issues with possibility of nerve irritation. Avoid running and excessive loading of the joint. Massage with herbal oil or liniment