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Why do my knees hurt after hiking?

By Anonymous January 18, 2015 - 9:14am
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I went hiking this weekend and have sore pains on my knees. Is this normal?

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Hello and thank you for sharing your question.

You could be experiencing this pain for a number of reasons.  But in order to narrow down the possible cause I will need to know a bit more information.  For example, how tough was the hike on a scale of 1 to 10?  Were you walking up or down hill during the hike?  How long was the hike? Do you exercise on a regular basis?  Have you had knee problems in the past? 

These are just a few of the factors that can explain why your knees are hurting.  Give us a bit more information and we would love to give you a more detailed answer.


January 18, 2015 - 9:09pm
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Anonymous (reply to fchacon)

It was probably a 4. About an hour and a half long. I've never had knee problems. The hike was steep, uphill and took the downward half at a fast walk pace. Exercise 4-5 times a week.

January 18, 2015 - 10:14pm
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From this information I believe that the pain in your knees come from your muscles being stronger than you tendons.  This is the common reason for injuries in people who exercise often and are in good shape.

Even though you are in good shape and you are healthy, tendons need different attention than muscles.  I do not think you have been seriously injured or you would be experiencing much worse symptoms.  However, you should rest your knees by not doing anything that puts too much strain on the quadricep tendon.  Then when the pain goes away, work on healing and strengthening your quadricep tendon. This tendon connects your quad to your knee cap and I believe this is most likely where the problem lies.

After proper rest, you can start doing some physical therapy on your own to lubricate that tender.  The link below shows some techniques you can do even at home to ensure that your tendons can hold your muscle mass properly.


I hope this helps.  Let us know if you have any more questions.


January 18, 2015 - 10:33pm
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