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Offline HooleyHoop

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9 years of living with Chondromalacia Patella.....
« on: October 25, 2005, 01:42:08 PM »
Hi,

First time poster here so please be gentle :)

I was diagnosed with Chondromalacia patella back in 1996 when in high school and have battled ever since. I started out with physio in 1996 and continued with this until 1998 when my orthopedic specialist suggested I have an arthroscopy pon my right knee (I have the condition in both knees). During 1999 I had the arthroscopy in which some cartiliage was removed and a lateral release also performed. The recovery process was hard as it was also found that I was missing a cruciate ligament in the same knee (the one not for balance, anterior?). 9 months later I had a lateral release performed on my left knee (luckily having both cruciates present this time :P) and had a course of hydro-therapy afterwards.

12 months later I was still experiencing equal (if not worse) pain in both knees so I had a basic arthoscopy on my left knee which revealed nothing new.

It has been a few years now since my 3rd and final operation and I am still in severe pain most days. does anyone have any suggestions on exercises I can do to try and build up the strength in my knees? Is there any way to minimise pain?

Any help welcomed

Thanks

Chris

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Re: 9 years of living with Chondromalacia Patella.....
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2005, 06:30:54 AM »
Chris, first of all welcome here !!

It's a tough thing to deal with chondromalacia. I believe that there are a lot of people here suffering from it.
What it comes to phys, a question for you, have you noticed if it's easier to do phys with straight leg then bent ?
Having any possibilities to continue hydro therapy ? It's a really great thing to built muscles by doing hydrotherapy.
Just want you to know that you aren't alone out there.
What it comes to pain, are you using any meds ?
Feel free IM.

HUGS NETTAN  8)
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.

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Re: 9 years of living with Chondromalacia Patella.....
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2005, 10:48:59 PM »
Chondromalacia simply means a thinning deterioration of the articular cartilege covering the ends of the bones. In and of itself, it is not much of a diagnosis. The real question is: what is causing the deterioration? It sounds like the OS thought you had a lateral tilt to the patella, so he did a LR. Unfortunately, sometimes a LR is done for the wrong reason. So if you had a LR but continued having the pain, perhaps the real reason for your chondro hasn't been diagnosed. Now, I'm not saying that your OS did anything wrong. And I'm not saying that it won't just be something you have to live with. But I think another opinion would be in order. If you are still in pain every day, something is obviously wrong and your need some kind of treatment.

In the meantime, are you icing? I find it helps a lot. My OS explained that the ice acts as an anesthetic. Most people think of icing when there's swelling, but it can also be quite useful for pain control. As for exercises, you should be working on your quad strength. Weak quads will lead to painful knees. Start with straight leg raises and progress from there. Good luck!

Janet
Torn quad tendon repair & VMO advancement 4/99, MUA with LOA 10/99, Patella baja and arthrofibrosis, LR & medial release & LOA 5/01, LOA & chondroplasty 6/03,TKR on 11/06, MUA 12/06. From perfect knees to a TKR in 7 years, all from a fall on a wet floor...and early undiagnosed scar tissue.

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Re: 9 years of living with Chondromalacia Patella.....
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2005, 12:46:22 PM »
Hi,

Thanks for the welcome. In terms of phys, its easier with a bent leg. I dont currently have the opportunity to continue the hydrotherapy as I would have to pay for private medical expenses rather than use the NHS. 

I do ice, but generally only when there is swelling, so I will definitely give this a go!

thanks for the advice.

Chris