Orthopedics/Left Knee



I'm a durable man who is average height and healthy weight (30 years old, 5'8.5" 160lb). Outside of exercise soreness and a few sprained feet/ankles.. no injuries since childhood.  I have a white-collar job.

I've taken a liking to a recumbent bicycle that my wife often uses... in an effort to shed about 5 pounds and start a habitual cardio routine of some kind through the winter.

I usually go 45-60 minutes low-to-moderate effort. Today, I decided to go longer. Right at 70 minutes, I started noticing a squishy sound in my left (non-dominant knee) when pedaling. Absolutely no pain.

Before this, I have gotten random momentary twitches of discomfort in this knee and some cracking when not exercising, but no real pain.  I do have some swelling above the kneecap, on the inside of my leg. Still no pain.

I am afraid to put weight on it, but it feels strong and does not hurt.  I have been icing, taking aspirin as a precaution.

Should I be concerned?

Dear JC,

This Orthopedic Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618, Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
Continue with PRICE
I-Ice-for up to 3-4 days
C-Compress-Wear an elastice wrap if swollen
E-Elevate if swollen
Can stop higher dose of aspirin-baby once a day is usually fine-check with your doctor & see yor orthopedist if the knee does not improve.
Ibuprofen may be better than aspirin for these kind of injuries
Hope this helps & Good Luck!

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