This is a great web site.
I'm a 42 year old male whose has been running since 1973. I'm down to
about 30 to 40 miles a week these days. I have a problem with the top
of my left calf. I could have injured it playing soccer with the kids,
running, roller blading or digging fence posts. I'm not sure. Anyway.
The pain is on the top of my left calf where the tendon attaches I
believe in back of my knee.
I feel fine for about 2 miles then I get a sharp pain right in the bend
of the knee.
I ice it and stretch it.
Thanks for the compliment Craig. Now that you have buttered me up, I'll try to
make some sense of your problem. Pain behind the knee is is often associated
with the popliteal muscle. Also of concern, is the meniscal insertion of the
muscle intrinsic to the capsule. Perhaps you have a mensicus tear...low
probablility though - usually not painful in the manner you describe. My guess
would be that it is more muscular. The rehab must be transverse plane oriented
since the fibers are basically horozontal. So lots of rotational weight bearing
manouvers - starting with balance and reach, and progressing to lunges.
Finally, I urge any interested readers to check out Craig's web sight at
He is a high school math teacher and he has created some cool images using
fractals that are on display at his sight.