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Offline xfento

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chondromalcia patella
« on: October 28, 2007, 04:50:59 PM »
hi there, please don't think that i haven't read the other topics on chondromalcia, as i have, but this is slightly different related topic!

i am a very sporty 14 year old. i was diagnosed with Chondromalcia back in june, and told to stop sport for the summer and it should clear up. i did so, and hoped that it had stopped hurting for the beginning of the hockey season. unfortunatley, it has not. i have tried wearing a tubi grip, but it seems to have made it worse. i did some research on what support to wear, but as i was not told that my patella is out of line, not really sure if anything would give it much help!

if any one could give me any advice on where to go from here, with s good recommendation for a knee support or any thing else, it would be greatly appreciated.

thank you
cracked patella june 2005
torn cruciants september 2006
chondromalcia june 2007
patella mal-tracking novmber 2007

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Re: chondromalcia patella
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2007, 09:36:00 PM »
Avoid anything that puts pressure over the patella. I use a neoprene brace with a hole for the patella. It gives the muscles a bit of support (for want of a better word) and the warmth helps the ache.

If you still have problems then I would seek a second opinion. Maybe things are not quite tracking right and that's why the pain has resurfaced. Make sure any doctor you see is a knee specialist.

Good luck!
Kathy

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Re: chondromalcia patella
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2007, 10:41:43 AM »
Hi!!

I agree with Kat, a tubigrip isn't the best solution as it puts even more pressure on the patella. I would go back to your doc, ask a proper brace and ask for a PT referral, exercises can make things better, even slightly correct tracking IF that is the problem.

Good luck, make sure you get proper care by a specialist!!

Helena
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Re: chondromalcia patella
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2007, 01:03:19 PM »
Hi there

you may benefit from learning how to tape your own kneecap to improve its allignment and unload the patelofemoral joint.

14 year old female knees are prime for patellofemoral pain syndrome (often chondromallacia is an innacurate diagnosis as there really is nothing pathologically wrong with the cartilege surface).

The key is 1) modify your activity - keep it painfree (if it hurts don't do it!!) - remember this is not forever but will settle down your discomfort
               2) try taping strategies (McConnell taping or mulligan spiral taping) to reduce your pain
               3) perform low level painfree gluteal and VMO (inner quads) exercises (see a physio who uses biofeedback)

Hang in there...it is not uncommon for girls like you to suffer......it is however uncommon for those people to develop long term disability as a result....Keep it painfree, let it settle and gradually expose yourself to more activity (painfree) over time.

See a good physio

Smile.....It will be OK.....just hang in there

Stuey

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Re: chondromalcia patella
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2007, 09:58:17 PM »
hi stuey, thanks for that.

i was told that it is common in people my age, particulary girls, i just got a bit concerned, as i did stop sport from june onwards, and continue to stop when it hurts, except in the case of hockey matchs, where i have to keep going!

could you please explain to me mcconnell taping? i looked it up on the interent and was confused by the response, as it is quite varied. is it a particular physio routine one follows?

thanks for everything
katie
cracked patella june 2005
torn cruciants september 2006
chondromalcia june 2007
patella mal-tracking novmber 2007















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