Medical Specialty >> Orthopedics

Doctors Lounge - Orthopedics Answers

Back to Orthopedics Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge (www.doctorslounge.com) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/01/2017.

Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: Knee tight after run


 90roct - Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:59 am

I'm a 50 year old male, active. 5'7" 170lbs. I regularly exercise (free weights, calisthenic, bike, row). Ski in winter, golf and bike in summer (20+ miles once a week, in good weather, 15 mph+). I'm am, fortunately, free of daily aches and pain.

I'm not a runner. Last week while away I went for a jog, flat, about 1.5 - 2 miles.

Within a couple of hours, my left knee felt stiff / full. Not achy. No swelling or discoloration, no noise.

Riding home in the car (8 hours, the next day), it felt as if it swelled up, and the general region above and below the knee felt weak. Still no swelling or discoloration. Patella is stable.

It has eased back, but is still stiff, and either actually weak or I'm perceiveing a weakness. Exercising yesterday didn't aggravate it (deep knee bends / squats with dumbells). But getting on and off the floor for pushups or crunches is difficult.

I'm going to make an appointment, and I'm assuming that an MRI is in order.

But I'm very concerned and curious - does this sound like something that can abate on its own? Do you thing it's a ligament or do I have a bursa sac or fluid issue internally, or what?

Thank you.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Sun Sep 27, 2009 8:59 pm

User avatar Hello,
Thank you for the well described condition.

This knee stiffness and ache may resolve on its own without MRI or any intervention.

You may need to back off a bit on your regular exercise intensity for a few weeks then restart gradually. And also take some NSAIDS and ice or heat packs.

Probably what happened is the surfaces of the knee (articular cartilage) did not like the pounding of the running but only let you know that after the run. It is fairly common occurrence.

Running probably is not for you. And since you already have a consistent and good routine, I would not fiddle with running.

Take care.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us