Lotus Clutch - Knee Pain Making Me Think of Selling!

Lotus Clutch - Knee Pain Making Me Think of Selling!

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dan425

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31 posts

116 months

Tuesday 25th May
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Has anyone else experienced quite bad knee pain after transitioning from auto cars into a manual Lotus? Does it get any better with time?!

A week or so after buying my manual Evora at the start of May, I started to get some mild discomfort in my left knee. I assumed I'd done something to it whilst running, but don't remember a specific impact or twist that could have been the cause. I'm in my early 30s and consider myself relatively healthy and fit. 

After a few more weeks of driving the Evora, I'm noticibly limping and driving the car is becoming rather painful. Even just walking around the house is an unpleasant experience. 

It's severe enough that I'm considering selling the car! I've got a physio appointment booked, but wanted to see whether any other members had had similar issues, and hopefully stories of how it all magically got better as your body adapted to the new driving position. I can drive my wife's manual Polo with no issues and have only been driving an auto for the last three years and owned a manual Focus before that. 

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TdM-GTV

162 posts

184 months

Tuesday 25th May
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Are you tall? I'm also in my 30s (just about!) so the following are hopefully going bones experience still!

I do feel that the wheel could come out a little bit further for me so it's a compromise between my favoured. 'fast driving' position with the wheel closer but legs out of shape or sitting with the legs nicely positioned but *slightly* too far from the wheel. If I do sit too close I can get lower/upper back and neck pain and it can put pressure on the knees.

Try driving around a carpark at a little further back than usual to get your legs stretched out to a comfy position/straighter. If it's better you could fit a spacer to the wheel to enable you to get a bit further back whilst keeping the wheel close.

dan425

Original Poster:

31 posts

116 months

Sunday 6th June
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Turns out I have a meniscal tear caused by running, so I'm going through some physio and potentially surgery to fix.

No wonder it was so damned painful to drive!

Going to borrow a mate's automatic for a bit whilst I do the 4 weeks of physio. If I need surgery and I'll be out of action for longer, I may consider replacing the Evora... cry

selym

8,910 posts

138 months

Sunday 6th June
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I've been there. If there is minor work to do to your meniscus then a bit of strengthening post-op and you'll be good to go. Don't bin the car yet.

dan425

Original Poster:

31 posts

116 months

Sunday 6th June
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Thanks!

Not something I'm in a rush to do. I love it!

Problem is, once you're in a Lotus, every other car seems so dull and "normal" in comparison! biggrin