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I use hiking poles almost 100% of the time while backpacking, and usually I do on the big day hikes with high AEG. But for Flatiron since there is a lot of scrambling I left the poles at home. Might take poles out on all hikes for a little bit to help take some stress off the knee.lindaagm wrote:I get a somewhat similar pain in my right knee, but only going downhill. Anytime it feels like that knee is supporting my body weight "ahead" of that leg while stepping down, my knee kills. Now, when I hike, I use a level 2 brace all the time, and trekking poles most of the time. That eliminated more than 95% of the pain.
Yeah, I've convinced the boys to go for an alternative plan this weekend. We were thinking the Mazzie Divide and Red Hills segments of the AZT, but those are so remote that it would be a disaster if my problem started acting up while we were in the middle. Were going to do Las Cienegas and Rincon Valley (which are essentialy flat) for day one, then if my knee is feeling alright we'll get our challenge by doing the Rincon Mountains segment over day 2 and 3, otherwise there are plenty of roads to bail on before Saguaro NP if my knee becomes a problem.Outdoor Lover wrote:If it's bothering you now and not getting better with Rest, you may very well regret doing the Weight of a Backpack with it...
Pretty much 100% describes what is happening.w h a wrote:When it was bad, it felt like being stabbed with a knife in the side of the knee. ..., it was on the downhill. Walking up hill felt almost ok. Or walking with the leg straight.
I think i'll look into doing that within the next few days. I'm just afraid he's going to tell me I can't go this weekend... But I guess its better than missing out on a bigger trip I have planned for late December.Al_HikesAZ wrote:See an Orthopedic surgeon. Get 100% confirmation that it is ITB. If it is ITB syndrome The Doc will give you some powerful anti-inflammatory medicine.
That's not going to go over well at all...Al_HikesAZ wrote:6 weeks of rest.
Possible, although I feel like the biggest contributing factor was the scrambling required for flatiron which may have caused a different kind of stress on my body than I'm used to, compared to the well-graded trails I'm usually on. But that's just a hunch.skillpore wrote:According to haz you hike at a 3.09 mph thats pretty fast in my opinion. I wonder if that may have contributed to the problem?
Segments 7 and 8 on the AZT, and maybe 9. 7 and 8 are relatively flat (a few ups and downs), so I was thinking I could use them to gauge whether I should continue into 9. If the doc says that's ok, that is what we will do.gummo wrote:Where are you going backpacking? Pack light if you go.
Now that I'm experiencing aches and pains that come with aging (probably most due to past injuries coming back to haunt me) I look at you situation something like this...DallinW wrote:I think i'll look into doing (seeing Doc) that within the next few days. I'm just afraid he's going to tell me I can't go this weekend...
To fully recover (if ever)6 weeks of rest
My base weight is around 16 lbs, add two days of food and water and I'm around 25 - 35lbs (high side for "dry" trips which require me to carry all of my water). I occasionally run/jog, but I primarily just hike and backpack.ALMAL wrote: What is the usual loaded weight of your backpack? Sometimes knee, calf, shin, or other pain can be a sign that certain muscles are more developed than others, the weaker links may get sore first. What other types of exercise do you engage in? Bike riding for an hour 3X a week and ab exercises may help. Going to see a Doc is not a bad idea.