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knee tracking probs: How to weaken the Vastus Medi
« on: March 18, 2003, 10:06:29 PM »
Hi

I have knee tracking problems.
I have seen a podiatrist and I am told that
my Vastus Medialis is (like many people)
over developed compared to my Vastus Lateralis.

I am told that there is a temporary cure which
consists of a therapist digging her/her thumb
into the Vastus Medialis really hard and that
this "kills" (??) and/or weakens areas of this
muscle.

Does anyone know what's involved or what
the technical term is (so that I can look it up) ??


Background:

I bicycle (a lot) and run (a bit).
And I now want to go skiing in a few days time!

My podiatrist gave me some quite extreme
orthotics to put into my running shoes.
But when I ran today I seem to have quite
badly irritated my knees (mainly the left one).

I could try taping the knee caps up
(to stop them moving towards each other)
or
I could try some kind of know brace??

Cycling (not too hard) seem to be fine but
my knees *really* dont like running, particularly
down hill.

I have tried stretching my hamstrings over
the last few months and they are still a bit
tight but approaching normal. I have also
been given an exercise where I sit on the floor
with knees bent at 90 degrees and let them
flop apart from each other.

Can anyone suggest any more effective
stretches and/or exercises ?!

Or recommend the best type of knee brace?

I am male and 42. My blood test for arthritis
was negative. My bicycle seat is at the
correct height.

My physio once tried grinding the knee cap
by holding it in the palm of his hand
and pressing it down firmly in a kind of
circular motion. Apparently it's supposed
to polish the underside of the thing...

I cant afford to see any more practitioners.

=> Any suggestions?!



Ship
Shiperton Henethe

P.S. Is what I have "Chondromalacia"
and or "Patellofemoral Syndrome" ?















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