Knee problem- would appreciate advice!

I am 6 weeks into my run/walk programme, and on my run Tuesday, I almost pulled up like a horse, with a pain almost 'inside' my left kneecap.

I have had issues when I was younger with this knee- dislocations, and a torn cruciate ligament which was tidied up.

I have not run since Tuesday. Some times there is no discomfort, but it can get sore and 'vulnerable feeling' when walking down stairs and up, and if I have been immobile for a little while. Best way to describe it, is that it feels like it is going to go anytime, and behind the knee and to one side is worst.

How long should I wait before running, and any particular stretches that have helped anyone here? Should I do some stationary cycling/swimming until it feels better, and gentle walks? I don't want to make it worse, especially with past history.

I also wonder whether I now need to run with a strap on of some kind from now on, or whether it will just strengthen up the more I run.

Obviously, being a beginner, I don't want to wreck my chances of running again soon, I want to make it stronger and less prone to going wrong again. Not quite sure why it went this time.

Any advice most appreciated!


  • Personally I take Glucosamine Suphate & Condoitrin which keeps my knee pain at bay. I once stopped taking it & the pain comes back.

  • I have a similar problem and use ibuleve gel on the area before running and after running in the day as well. Rest it the best solution, and then build up your fitness slowly.  I find that the fitter I am the better my knee. Glucoasamine and condroitin are really good in theory, but I've been told by friends (doctors and vets) that you need to take higher than the stated dose to ensure that you are absorbing enough of each tablet.

  • There's a good book you can get from Amazon called Treat Your Own Knees. If you do the right strengthening/stretching exercises the muscles in your legs will become stronger and support your knees better. Don't let this put you off running. Just take it easy and be sensitive to what your body is telling you.

    Good luck.
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