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Hi everyone.

So ive been off my bike about 3 weeks due to quad tendonitis from going too hard on the bike.  It started off as a dull pain in both tendons above my knee, but got worse and worse. I tried only cycling in high gears, taking it easy and avoiding all hills for a few weeks but it didnt seem to get any better so i decided to get serious about it and stop biking for a bit and allow it to heal.  Well ive been off the bike bout 3 weeks now and damn i hate it!! I went to docs and and he said to ignore it and just warm up bit before and take it bit easier on the bike and eventually it will heal. It didnt feel like he knew what he was talking about though.  Well ive been doing some exercises and massaging (thanks Ed and Orion for all your help so far) which really helps with the pain but i still havent seen much real progress.  I realise tendons are reeeealy slow to heal and that circulation is very important for healing, but im wondering if being off the bike makes much difference. Anyone got any advice?

I know im being impatient but i wonder if the healing is any faster off the bike or if taking it easy would not make much difference and maybe even help with the circulation. Maybe wishful thinking lol. 

Would b so grateful for any advice... reeeeeeeally missing my bike bad. i guess im really hoping someone out there has had a similar issue and it healed fine while still biking :/

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Just want to really thank you guys for sharing your experiences and advice with me. I really have learnt so much. I've bookmarked this page and keep coming back and re-reading it to make sure i apply every last bit.  Thankyou :)

marcais pretty much nailed it. fit is key. i work in a bike shop and i have seen how big of a difference fit can make. kneecap pain is usually due to a low saddle. that doesnt mean that will fix your problem. a proper fit should have an extensive physical assessment of YOU. you may have leg/arm discrepancies that can cause problems. or even scar tissue built up somewhere (chiropractor can fix that). point is, there is a lot to fit. (saddle height, saddle fore/aft, cleat position, stem length, handlebar width, saddle width, footbeds, hood position,... just to name a few) A LOT. key is finding a fitter who will work with you time and again.  

when your bike is finally dialed and you are in shape (can ride 300 miles a week with a rest day or two), you shouldnt have pain anywhere. so never ignore any feeling. hand/butt numbness is natural and will go away with time, but things like knee, foot and back pain shouldn't be ignored.

Also feel free to pm me with any problems you have down the road. im not an expert fitter but I know a thing or two

Hi Andrew,

Thats really interesting thanks. i really didnt realise bike fit was so important but it does make complete sense now.  i guess u and the bike have to b in complete perfect balance to not cause repetitive injurys...and once u get it right then overuse isnt really an issue. 

its really wierd..Ive had different bikes in the past, never changed the standard set up and had no issues...i must have just been really really lucky.

well hopefully the set up is better now, i guess time will tell. Thanks so much for the advice, i'll def pm u in the future if i get stuck :)

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