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Not much to add, other than my old man body does benefit from glucosamine chondroitin and staying at less-than-fat weight.

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In animal models, reducing the weight on the joint can often reduce pain, sometimes to the point of not even needing surgery.
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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.

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Anyone who complains of knee pain needs rehab. It means your body is not controlling the knee complex and thus not handling the forces as well as it should be. Get rid of the cause of it rather than mask the symptoms by having a look at your feet and your hips.
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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....
Someone here with more knowledge than I, might be able to give you a more specific fix, but I had some knee pain in my trailing leg my first few months riding. I made a change to the angles on my bindings, (...in my case, I went a little more symmetrically ducked) I changed from a +21/-9 to +18/-12. It helped.

You might try playing around and finessing your binding angles a bit and see if a small change there helps. I've also been reading in various posts that canted bindings can help with relieving knee pain. Worth checking out!

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Anyone who complains of knee pain needs rehab. It means your body is not controlling the knee complex and thus not handling the forces as well as it should be. Get rid of the cause of it rather than mask the symptoms by having a look at your feet and your hips.
Yeah because pronation doesn't do anything to your bodies alignment at all throwing off the biomechanics.


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With snowboarding specific stuff it's mostly hip and low back stuff, because most boots prevent a ton of dorsiflexion.
Basically if you cant do a good squat, you're at a much higher risk for injuring yourself snowboarding, in terms of an overuse injury
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Getting your weight back to high school days makes the most noticeable improvement. Also swapping out running in the off season with swimming will make a big difference and help you cut weight.

Watch out with the ibuprofen. It masks the pain but it has drawbacks and risks.
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With snowboarding specific stuff it's mostly hip and low back stuff, because most boots prevent a ton of dorsiflexion.
Basically if you cant do a good squat, you're at a much higher risk for injuring yourself snowboarding, in terms of an overuse injury
While I don't disagree that your hip/feet/lower back can cause knee pain, I think you're overly applying your own experience to this situation. Your personal situation does not equal the situation for everyone and how your body reacts does not mean it's evidence that everyone's body will react the same way.

There are a lot of people here who can squat just fine and actively stay in great shape and still have knee pain due to wear and tear from injuries and impacts.

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My right knee (regular stance) usually bothers me about half-way through the season and I never really thought much about it figuring the torque that's placed on the joint causes it to flare up. Usually by the middle of spring everything is fine and I get on with my summer activities.

This year was a bit different though. The pain lingered all the way through summer and into fall so I decided to get it looked at this past week. The pain is almost always on the inside of my knee (ACL area) and I get some swelling from time to time. I figured that if there was something wrong I'd get it taken care of quickly since - in my mind - it must be minor.

So I make an appointment with my general doctor and he asks me a bunch of questions, checks range of motion, etc. He tells me that I may have an ACL strain or a small tear in my meniscus and wants to set up an appointment with an orthopedist. He also wants to do a couple X-ray to eliminate any type of bone issues and I say fine. So I set up my appointment with the orthopedist and get the X-rays done. That afternoon a nurse leaves a message on my phone saying that the X-rays revealed arthritis in my knee.......WTF!!! I'm not a young guy by any stretch (46) but I always thought that arthritis is something I'd have to deal with much later in life. It's the first time in my life that my own mortality stared right back at me.

I did some investigating and there are a wide variety of treatment options from excercises to braces to drugs and so on but I guess I'll have to wait until I speak with the orthopedist to work up a treatment plan. I don't plan on ever getting off my board no matter what happens with my knee/s but it's a bummer.

So, are there any other peeps here that have an arthritic knee that can share there experiences and what treatments seemed to work? I read that NSAID pain relievers like Aleve work well and I ran out and got some yesterday. I popped a couple last night and they worked very well - no pain at all this morning.
yep.....I have it too.....in my left knee and the joints of my right thumb.
i'm also noticing stuff in my right elbow too....clicking and some pain.
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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.

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