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sore knees after running

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  • Posted By: raquellesasha
  • February 20, 2008
  • 02:46 PM

hi i am a teenager and i swim frequently. since a month ago, i have started to jog and run on the treadmill once per week. however, a day after my run, my knees seem to swell and enlarge, only to return to normal after around 3 days. when i bend down when my knees are swollen, it hurts a lot. is the swelling caused by lactic acid built up in the knees? i always make it a point to do full body stretching before and after my run, so i do not understand why my knees swell. what is happening? also, what can i do to reduce or prevent or make the swelling less severe? please help. thanks.

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  • i'm not sure if i have electro-magnetic sensitivity, but i do use the computer a lot, average of 4 hours per day.the swelling of the knees only occurs when i run on the treadmill and i do not have any symptoms of EHS when i do not run on the treadmill.thanks for your help though!
    raquellesasha 3 Replies
    • February 20, 2008
    • 03:35 PM
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  • I have a couple of suggestions-- post viral arthralgia, a fancy way of saying your knees swell up and hurt as a result of having had a recent virus. The others are more serious, arthritis or inherited joint problems. Tell your parent or guardian. Take pictures of the swelling when it happens, since it comes and goes. Something like this should be seen by a doctor.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • February 20, 2008
    • 04:39 PM
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  • Running is a very high impact sport and it is important to take care of your joints. It is great, and really important, that you stretch before and after. Lactic acid builds up in your muscles and it sounds like you are experiencing more joint swelling, not muscle pain. I think a first step would be getting supportive running shoes (try going to a store that has experienced runners that can look at how you run and recommend shoes). Try running on the grass or a surface with some give to it, not hard asphalt or treadmill.If you are running and have swelling, it is important to reduce your speed and distance until you correct the root cause. If you don't you could easily end up permanently damaging tissue or your joints which often requires surgery.If you have swelling, make sure you rest, elevate your legs, ice it afterwards and take an anti inflammatory. If this doesn't work, don't push it, go to the doctor.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2008
    • 00:05 AM
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  • thank you all for responding and helping! today i just went for a competitive swimming training after getting the sore 2 days ago, and it's really odd but the swelling subsided!my joints feel much better now and i think they're on the road to recovery.and sunkisst, i'm so sorry but what's an elliptical machine?once again, really thank you so so much for helping! i'll try to follow as much advice given my you all! thanks!!!
    raquellesasha 3 Replies
    • February 21, 2008
    • 00:50 PM
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  • to sunkisst: thank you for the advice! i shall try out the machine next time i go to the gym!
    raquellesasha 3 Replies
    • February 22, 2008
    • 02:47 PM
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  • Elliptical machines rock! But go slowly - it is a surprisingly strenuous workout.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 22, 2008
    • 03:12 PM
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  • My son had the same problem which started after he started running. The doctor said he had Osgood Slaughter. It has to do with growing. It is very common in active boys in their teenage years. Look it up on the web. It maybe your problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2008
    • 03:19 PM
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  • eliptical machines are also known as cross trainers. i have been a professional running coach for many years. if you can swim without pain, but you get swelling when you run, you need to look at your weight.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2011
    • 01:17 PM
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