Persistent Knee Pain After Injury – Managing the Pain

As a college student, I have quite a few uncommon hobbies. One of those hobbies happen to be “parkour”! Parkour is a discipline in which practitioners would aim to get their body from point A to point B in the most efficient (or most creative) manner possible. This can involve movements which includes running, jumping, climbing, swinging, vaulting, or even rolling.

I was not necessarily professional at it, more so just an average, casual practitioner because it was something I enjoy. It still surprises me to know what my body is capable of. It also helps me take significant shortcuts when going places and gives me satisfaction that almost no barrier can prevent me from going where I want to go. The possibilities are endless and one can be as creative as they want.

Here is a sample video of what parkour is.

As a practitioner of parkour, one is always pushing beyond the limitations of what their body is capable of. This brings a great deal of gratification. At times, this also can lead to various injuries and I happen to be one of those victims. I was deciding whether to simply bend my knees or roll after leaping off a 7-foot platform. I would typically do a roll when jumping off heights of 6 feet or higher and I would be okay.

An Unfortunate Event

But on this one particular day, I decided to try just bending my knees, thinking that other practitioners do it all the time and are fine. Consequently, while leaping off, I hesitated and couldn’t decide between rolling and bending my knees but I ended up going with the latter route. My knee felt a lot of weight and I didn’t necessarily tear something but it definitely felt a little overworked so I rested a few days like any normal person would.

Around the same time, I was also taking gymnastics (another similar hobby of mine) as an extracurricular activity for school. By my next session, my knee pain had gone away and I thought that I could return back to my usual activities (and so I did)! Little did I know, this set me up for one of my biggest knee injuries (when I performed my frontflip routine). It was then that I felt that something wasn’t right…even though there was no dislocation or a severe tear in my ACL or that sort…

What Happened After?

After the injury, I was still able to walk but there was a pain with each step on that leg. This time though, I decided to rest much longer before I go back to my usual activities. Once I felt ready, I would slowly ease back into them (that always seemed to work in the past). 1 month in, my knee pain did go away. The only thing though…EVEN just a little jogging, puts me in a similar pain as the original injury. Once again, I find myself unable to move like usual for another 2 to 3 weeks.

Okay, so I thought maybe I should rest longer? And so I did just that EXCEPT I had the same results: having to wait another 2 to 3 weeks BEFORE the pain will disappear. The problem though was that I am UNABLE to do ANYTHING strenuous and I am limited to just walking slowly. Kind of a hassle if I happen to be late for class and also the fact that I might have to consider giving up a favorite hobby.

A little about me though is that I can be quite stubborn. I prefer DIY methods of remedy for injuries over surgery any day. It is not that I don’t think surgery works, but it is mainly because of the time/costs of the process that holds me back. This can include things like X-rays, MRI, the actual surgery, time for prior authorizations to be approved, cost of insurance, physical therapy, actual healing and strengthening time, etc.

I wanted to avoid that “handicapped” state after getting surgery (difficulties showering, possible cast, crutches, pain medications, dressing myself, driving, etc). Surgery was a last resort for me and I wanted to try other non-surgical methods first.

What I tried to Resolve the Knee Pain

In addition to the usual pain reduction and inflammation medications (Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen), I used the RICE method which stands for:

R – Rest: Basically you allow the injury to heal by avoiding activities for some time

I – Ice: Apply ice so that the cold can reduce inflammation and pain for about 20 minute sessions

C – Compression: Wrapping the area with elastic bandage to further reduce swelling, but NOT too tight. Doing so can cut off blood flow (feelings of numbness, tingling, coolness to touch)

E – Elevation: Keeping the limb elevated to further minimize swelling

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I also started taking Glucosamine/Chondroitin which are joint supplements. These would typically be good for healthy knee joints and recovery for minor knee injuries. Unfortunately, mine was a bit more serious, so it did not work too well (at least by itself).

I also tried MANY knee supplements from Amazon and most seem to not work too well for me. My pain has not gone away completely and I was approaching my 8th month of knee pain since the initial injury. I was at the point of giving in to surgery but I did decide to try just one more brand of supplement. To my surprise, the last brand I ever tried ACTUALLY was the one that worked for me: Microlactin.

It is a supplement from Swanson that maintains joint health and strengthens the connective tissues. This supplement works through a different pathway from glucosamine/chondroitin. This means that you can take both Microlactin AND Glucosamine/Chondroitin . This combination will aid with a quicker recovery and better results (more on that later)!

My Results from Taking Microlactin AND Glucosamine/Chondroitin

At first, I only took the Glucosamine/Chondroitin alone which didn’t help too much. Yeah…maybe my time to recover was a few days shorter than the usual 2 to 3 weeks, but nothing too significant.

When I finally started taking Microlactin though, it was a different story. My pain lasted ONLY 3 to 4 days AFTER a strenuous activity like parkour; it wasn’t even like the usual pain I get like after my initial injury, it felt almost like the good type of sore you get after getting a good workout in.

The supplement was working really good and so I tried experimenting a few things with it. I tried tapering off to see if this is a supplement that I would need to take for a lifetime. As I reduced the dose, I did started to notice the pain lasting a bit longer each time so there was my answer (partially).

I did not want to waste my bottle of Glucosamine/Chondroitin bottle so I just took it along with my bottle of Microlactin. To my surprise (and accidentally), the combination of the two worked EVEN BETTER than each of them standing alone. My pain would last ONLY 2 to 3 days! And guess what? I tried the tapering off method also.

An even BIGGER surprise is that the pain time frame DID NOT increase! It reached the point where even today, I have NOT taken another single pill of Microlactin OR Glucosamine/Chondroitin! Today, I am doing parkour and still do not have to take any more supplements! My total pain time frame was 10 months!

An Additional Tool to Further Relieve Knee Pain

I later discovered that something as simple as a knee brace significantly reduces my knee pain. What used to take 2 to 3 days to recover was reduced to only 1 day! It sometimes doesn’t even hurt at all the next day after a session of parkour, just some soreness and then I am good to go again. The soreness does not stay long especially if I give my knees the appropriate amount of rest days between my parkour sessions.

This means practicing every other day or every other two days. Still, even if my knees are pretty much back to normal, it is recommended to continue to take care of our bodies and never take our knees for granted (the last thing we want is a knee replacement!). I always ice my knee after my parkour sessions to prevent further inflammation and soreness.

Summary

Just when I was about to give in to surgery for my knee pain, I accidentally stumbled upon some tools. These tools practically cured my knee pain. They are a combination of Microlactin, Glucosamine/Chondroitin, and a knee brace. I was very surprised with this accidental simple discovery which has helped me significantly. Now if you are like me who experienced persistent knee pain and “feel” like you have tried everything, give this remedy a try. Maintaining a healthy weight can also help with knee pain.

It definitely worked for me and I hope it helps you too. I want you to be able to continue partaking in your favorite physical activities. Of course, if you do have severe injuries like a dislocation or fracture, please do not hold back on seeing a doctor! Hopefully it never gets to that point for anyone. Other than that, stay safe always and remember to take care of your body!

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28 thoughts on “Persistent Knee Pain After Injury – Managing the Pain”

  1. So sorry to hear about your knee injury! I completely understood your point regarding surgery. Surgeries are sometimes miracle-savers but other times they can be extremely draining – and not in a relief type of way. It’s also really mind dreadful especially since you’re so used to a routine and worked around it every day and for that to be taken away so abruptly can even end up in depression episodes. From what I can see, you’re really determinate which is a huge strength. I do hope you’re feeling somehow better. Take care of yourself and keep doing what you love doing the most. 

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    • Thank you Stephanie! I’ve also had my fair share of surgeries (elbow and shoulder) and they have been successful. No more re-injury ever since. I guess with all the injuries I’ve endured over the years, I learned what my body’s limitations are when doing any physical activity. I am still able to take part in many physical activities today. Hope this article was able to help you too!

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  2. That is very excellent that you found natural supplements instead of surgery to help relieve your knee pain. I am probably a bit older than you and my knee pain was caused by degeneration of the cartilage in my knee joints so I did have knee replacement surgery for both of my knees this year. I am on the other side of the surgeries and very close to being completely pain-free for the first time in years and it is wonderful. I will say that the process was extremely painful a whole lot of work in rehab and a lot of needles in the hospital LOL. If you can get away with trying glucosamine/chondroitin and Microlactin, I think that is definitely the way to go.

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    • Hi Dave, I am glad to hear that you are very close to being completely pain-free for the first time. That is probably one of the best feelings ever! Definitely continue to work on rehab and I hope that pain free day comes soon! I’ve had my fair shares of surgeries too when I was younger with a right elbow and right shoulder surgery. No complication ever since then as long as I train it regularly in a safe manner.

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  3. Hello there, Either rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis can cause leave you with severe knee pain, even without a fall or injury. Osteoarthritis can be characterized by the pains and swelling you continue to feel as you age. Your joints are not indestructible, and the structure inevitably wears down over time. Thanks for sharing this awesome article.

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    • Hello Nelson David! Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are definitely conditions that can lead to severe knee pain even without fall or injury. I am not sure how effective Microlactin + Glucosamine/Chondroitin would be at that point for those conditions (but it could be something worth trying). I don’t think there are enough studies just yet on the efficacy of those supplements on those conditions yet. 

      I think it may just be mainly pain management through various NSAIDs, rehab/physical therapy to make sure joints don’t become stiffer, and delaying knee replacement for as long as possible until absolutely needed depending on the doctor’s treatment plan.

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  4. My knee pain started only when I played soccer or tennis. And I didn’t know what it was. I even remember a tennis tournament that I was left out because of knee pain on the court. But then it turned persistent. Even when doing simple activities. So reading your post has given me hope. Thank you!

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    • Hello Abel! Oh wow, that knee pain sounds really consistent with mine. Even simple activities brought up pain that was similar to the initial injury. Those supplements really took the persistent pain away from me, I am really hoping that it works for you too!

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  5. Parkour is so cool, I really want to pick it up to help with ninja warrior training. I had an issue with my wrist earlier in the year which I really needed healed and I also found that Glucosamine supplements worked! Within a few weeks the pain was gone. It also helped the creaking in my knees and makes my joints feel so goood!

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    • Hello! Parkour has become a lifestyle for me now. I may not be professional at it, but when I see a little obstacle blocking a shortcut to where I want to go, my brain is already planning ways on how to get by that obstacle. (Of course all while considering my surroundings). It is a sport that really brings out the creativity in you! These days I have even seen parkour being recommended to seniors and the elderly. Of course, they won’t be expected to leap or climb great heights, but parkour can even actually help train them to move around with more ease, lower their risk of injury, and even reduce pain to some degree. 

      I am also happy to hear that glucosamine supplements worked for you! Ninja warrior training sounds really awesome too!

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  6. Great article!  I never heard of parkour before, now I know what it is.  And Imust say, I am like you and have never had any surgery (except oral surgery in the dentist office) and have always opted for what you pointed out as the RICE therapy.  It works!  Like parkour in which your knees and body can take a beating, I can identify in a way as I have had cubital tunnel syndrome for over 10 years and have adapted to the sensation of numbness on the inside of my ring finger and its neighbor the pinky.  I even have continued waitresses without any complaint, just alot of caution.    I am very interested to see where you go next with this topic.  Thank you again!

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    • Hello there! I actually had one surgery when I was in 1st grade due to a dislocated elbow from swinging on monkey bars but I had no idea what was going on at the time. My elbow has been okay ever since, no re-injury or anything. However, I was lazy and couldn’t handle pain at the time, so I avoided it at all cost especially during rehab. Avoiding rehab was a mistake because my left and right elbow do not extend equally. Using 180 degrees (straight arm) as a standard, my left arm can extend at about a 190 degrees whereas the injured right arm can extend at about 170 degrees. It doesn’t significantly affect my physical activities, but I still wished I knew some of the things I know now. Perhaps I’ll create a post on rehab after injury some day.

      Ahh, I can already feel your pain from the cubital tunnel syndrome for 10 years. But I am glad you also found ways to adapt! Definitely agree with you in wanting to perform things with caution, it just takes a lot of patience and trial and error. I really like the RICE therapy but it can be a bit on the slower (and passive) side. Over the years and after MANY injuries from sports, I did find some more active recovery techniques. I’ll write a post about that in the future too 🙂

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  7. Ahh yess, I remember the good times when I was climbing the facade of my school without any safety harness and the teacher would send me for detention, worth it! Nothing beats the thrill of parkour but I have to admit, the injuries do take a toll on us. 

    So awesome that prolactin works for you, back in my days there weren’t any of those so I just stopped parkouring but man, I think it’s time I try again if there’s a medication for the injuries 😀

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    • Hello Riaz! I am happy to hear that there is another fellow practitioner of parkour here. I agree with you that the thrill of it is amazing and the injuries do take a toll on us. Overtime I just try to adapt the movements to match my bodies limitations. (I guess that’s why injuries happen). The injuries I endured over the years helped remind me that my body is not invincible and I learned to adjust in a way where my body will not take too much beating. For example, I used to leap off an 8 foot platform but that has now changed to 4-5 feet leap. In a sense, you start to gain a bit of wisdom.

      And yes, it is awesome there are medications/supplements to help with injuries. It may not be perfect but they can help.

      As crazy as parkour can seem, I think carrying it into the elderly age can have its benefits too. Of course, seniors won’t be expected to leap off 8 foot platforms but they can learn to train their balance, coordination, and learn proper falling/rolling techniques. These days, seniors (with their reduced balance, strength, and coordination) have a high tendency to fall over and go through various fractures. It can be extremely difficult to heal from that even if surgeries are done. I think parkour can help with retraining those aspects to some degree and reducing the likelihood of such events from occurring.

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  8. Sorry to hear about your injury.  I always have an ice pack, heat packs and the rest in my home.  My son loves sports, and boxing and has hurt his knee many a time.  I also know someone who tried Parkour and crushed the bones in both legs when he fell. It can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. I will let my son know about the Microlactin and Glucosamine/Chondroitin and how it helped you. Cheers

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    • Hello there Jamila! That’s good that you have a lot of injury remedy equipment at home. This is good for anyone in the household who takes part in sports. Yes, I agree that parkour can be dangerous, but it doesn’t have to be. But from the injuries, it does teaches us very deep life lessons like being realistic with ourselves and having the ability to push ourselves to become better (while trying not to go overboard). Injuries remind us that we still have limitations and that we still need to take care of our bodies for allowing us to do many things. This lifestyle and wisdom can also be applied to other aspects of life too. That is unfortunate that you knew someone that crushed both leg bones, hopefully he is doing better!

      With injuries, a common mistake is that when there is no pain, it is “safe” to return back to normal activities. That was one mistake I made quite commonly in my earlier (high school) days of sports. Over the years, I learned to really slow down and rebuild the foundations I lost from injuries. 

      i.e. one who lifts 200 lbs and gets injured (pulls a muscle). Instead of jumping right in to 200 lbs when the pain is gone, it would be good to start low with just the bar (45 lbs), then slowly work way up. When a limit is reached, to stay at that weight until strength is gained, then slowly add more weight with time. During the process, to remember basics like stretches, full range of motion movements, and isotonic exercises. This is the sure way to full recovery.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your stories. I don’t have an athletic body nor the courage to do Parkour, so it amazed me when people do it. Your RICE method is actually useful because my cousin who is an acrobatic dancer also happened to injured his knee a while ago and do a similar method to heal his pain. I’ll also tell him about the knee brace, it should be useful for him. Thanks

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    • Hello Alblue! You are welcome. Something that parkour is often mistaken for is doing dangerous stunts like leaping from rooftop to rooftop and flipping. That’s for extreme practitioners and even I wouldn’t get myself to do that. For me, I am more focused on the mindset behind parkour which is to get from point A to point B in an as efficient way as possible. The fact that when you try to get from your home to your desired point of destination (let’s say by walking), you would usually take the shortest, most efficient route. I would actually count that as parkour. 

      Ahh, injuries can happen almost anytime and anywhere. Hopefully the supplements I recommended will help your cousin heal back 100% when combined with his methods of recovery. The key is taking things slow, rebuilding the foundation again, and a lot of therapeutic remedies (RICE, ice, heat, massage, stretch, postitive thinking, etc).

      Interesting fact, but parkour can even be used by seniors and the elderly. We wouldn’t expect them to be flipping around leaping from rooftops, but parkour can help them move more efficiently and reduce injury. These days falls and fractures are quite common for them and if they can engage in exercises that improve strength, balance, and coordination, then more power to them. 

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  10. Exercise is good and all, but not worth it if there is a risk of getting injured for some time! Always don’t overwork your body, because there are cases in which the heart can stop in the middle of performing an exercise. It’s good that you took some supplements to heal, at that stage supplements may have been necessary.

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    • Hello there, Clark! You are right that exercise is good and it is definitely not worth the risk in getting injured. But in all forms of exercise, even with walking, there are just unexpected times where injuries can happen. Despite the injuries from whatever physical activity we do, we still continue to do it because we either understand the benefits from it or it has just become a passion over the years (or both).

      Although injuries are unfavorable, they are also learning experiences that provide a sort of wisdom. The injuries we experience really help remind us what our limitations are and to understand ourselves better. When the consequences of the injury are undesirable, it pushes us to seek solutions and when one is found, there is this gratitude that emerges from it. I was thankful to encounter those supplements and felt inspired to share it with others who had similar experiences.

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  11. This is a great article on knee pain.  I wish I had it about a year ago when I injured my knee, and it seems like nothing would help.  It truly was a process of time to really be healed.   Like you, I tried several natural products including glucosamine/chondroitin, and a knee brace.  I am not sure which one worked best all I know is that two month later it was better. I was just approaching the point of thinking I would need surgery.  However, I suddenly no longer needed the cane.  Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hello there Patricia! That is really great to hear that your knee was able to heal from trying out different supplements and that you no longer need a cane. Being in those early stages where the pain is constantly there, where nothing felt like it was helping, and having to consider surgery…those were definitely some dark times. But I am glad there was a light at the end of the tunnel!

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  12. Parkour is a really interesting discipline, otherwise, I never did it myself, but I watched quite a few videos. This video that you shared was also very interesting to watch, with many dangerous feats.
    Injuries are quite common in such actions. Thank you for sharing with us your knee injury experience, and in what way you soothed and healed the knee. I believe your tips can be very helpful for people with this type of injury.
    I wish you all the best
    Nina

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    • Hi there, Nina! Interestingly, the fundamentals behind parkour is to reduce injury during movement but sometimes practitioners can push their limits a little too far. Fortunately, there are many different (and even nonsurgical) ways to recover from various injuries.

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  13. Your knee injury sounds very painful, and indeed very unfortunate. When we enjoy an activity or exercise, it is very hard to have to give it up, even if it is just for a short time to rest your muscles. Having to go through surgery is never pleasant and would be the last option for me. It is great to know that your found a solution with a knee brace and microlactin and glucosamine/chondroitin.  

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    • Hello there! It was indeed an unfortunate experience but I think there was value to it through it all. It definitely helped me to find solutions and I can share it with others who may be going through similar experiences (and might not have found a solution yet).

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  14. Thank you, this post will be very helpful for my boyfriend. He also joined Parkour and got injured, I was nervous and didn’t want him to participate anymore, but it’s his passion I can’t force anyone to give up my passion. After reading your article, I can rest assured to take good care of him so that he can continue to pursue my passion.

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