I ride regular mostly and my right knee has been giving me problems since I switched from skiing to snowboarding. It gets really swollen and sore after our weekends of snowboarding and takes all week till we go again the following weekend and then sore again. I use a brace on it also and have been taking ibuprofen which helps. However, I HATE having to take ibuprofen that much. In my off season I have no problem hiking, biking and waterskiing/wakeboarding, but snowboarding is a problem. I was reading up and have just started taking Ginger which is a natural remedy that is suppose to help with arthritis. I also have hip pain flare up on occasion and since taking the Ginger these past 2 weeks I have no hip pain. I read it may take 6-8 weeks to see results and so I started and can't wait to see if it helps during snowboarding season. Have no idea of this is bogus or not, but I will take this until the season ends and then decide if it was bogus and either keep taking it or stop.
sounds like you need to adjust your bindings....or do you open your upper body a lot when you board?.....if your upper body is twisted in comparison to your lower,...it can cause knee/hip pain. If you're riding and your shoulders stay relatively quiet and pendulum smoothly while you transition cool,...if your upper body twists a lot independent of your lower...it's way more stress on your knees. If your bindings aren't set up right it can really exacerbate the problem. Don't know if you've ever considered this.