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Offline Brambledog

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Brace for patellofemoral arthritis?
« on: September 14, 2011, 11:32:49 PM »
Hi everyone,

Would really appreciate some thoughts on this! I was diagnosed with PFA in both knees about 6 weeks ago after an arthroscopy. Doing hydrotherapy to strengthen quads and get moving properly again. L knee was
problem and had the arthroscopy, but my R knee is getting worse quite fast now after almost a year of taking most of my weight. I'm worried R knee will get worse before L knee has stabilised after surgery. R knee has started locking and gave way the other day.

Physio agreed would be good idea to try to even things up a bit by using a brace. Have mailed my OS to ask his advice but no reply yet.

Anyone out there got this, do you use a brace, and if so which one? Does it help?!

Thanks.
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2009 - diagnosed coeliac
Aug 2011 - L knee arthroscopy
Aug 2011 - diagnosed PF arthritis L knee
Nov 2011 - diagnosed CRPS L knee
Dec 2011 - MRI R knee, PFOA is worse than L!
June 2012 - no surgery 'til TKR's
Nov 2012 - CRPS spread to L foot/thigh, increasing pain
- Worsening pain/symptoms R knee
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Re: Brace for patellofemoral arthritis?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2011, 01:11:23 AM »
You don't brace PF Arthritis...you want a brace for the cause of the PF Arthritis.  You don't mention what has caused the Arthritis.  Has anyone told you? 
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Re: Brace for patellofemoral arthritis?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2011, 09:08:46 AM »
Oh dear - I was afraid of this! That'll be why my physio said I had to talk to my OS first...

No, my OS never said anything muscular had caused it, there was a general suggestion that it could be linked to a bang to my knees at some point of my life or just sods law, overuse, whatever. Nothing specific (I did ask).

Having said that, I am very aware (now that I know a bit more) that my knee was never given the examinations that would have spotted this sort of problem before the arthroscopy, no measurements or angles, no patella tests or anything like that. Only the side and front x-rays, not the skyline view. A cursory palpation and he asked me to bend my leg at the knee and then lift my foot up, which I couldn't do -  although I only saw my OS after surgery, never before, so it was one of his assistants who decided the surgery was needed when he didn't know what it was.

I am in the long process of applying for my OS' report and photos from the arthroscopy, but it'll be a few weeks before I get them. I might know more then.

Thanks for your response. Should I have got more of a reason than the one he gave? Although my OS is a great knee guy, I'm pretty sure he's not an expert in PFA having read his resume, so I am in the process of looking for a more specialist ortho to see once I've seen my chap at 6 months post-op in February. I can't afford to go private, so have to apply to my PCT to see someone out of my county.

No response from my OS yet... Might re-send the e-mail today just in case.

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2009 - diagnosed coeliac
Aug 2011 - L knee arthroscopy
Aug 2011 - diagnosed PF arthritis L knee
Nov 2011 - diagnosed CRPS L knee
Dec 2011 - MRI R knee, PFOA is worse than L!
June 2012 - no surgery 'til TKR's
Nov 2012 - CRPS spread to L foot/thigh, increasing pain
- Worsening pain/symptoms R knee
;-)