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Offline ejayem

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Chondromalacia Patella and Playing Football (Soccer)
« on: October 23, 2013, 08:07:34 PM »
In May 2012, I was on the receiving end of a bad challenge playing football (soccer), which resulted in a slight tear of my posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in my right knee. During this time, a knee specialist also diagnosed the same knee with Chondromalacia Patella.

Once the rehabilitation and physiotherapy sessions had finished with the PCL injury, I had no trouble with ligament pain and the PCL seemed to have recovered fully.

However, today, I still have trouble with what I can only assume is the Chondromlacia Patella. My knee makes cracking sounds when I straighten the leg, and I experience a little discomfort in the knee cap when sat stationary for too long. If I try to run on the treadmill, I will experience discomfort in the knee cap afterwards, sometimes leading to discomfort the day after running. On Sunday, for the first time in months, I played in a thirty-minute game of football. Remaining in defence, I didn't overdo it, keeping bursts of pace to a minimum. I also wore a knee support that has an opening for the patella. For a couple of days after there was discomfort in the knee cap now and then.

I'm writing this post, because I want to know if it is possible to rid myself of this condition. I'm a bit overweight at the moment for my height, and I know I need to lose two or three stone in weight, which will help with the impact on the knee when running.
I also know that I need to strengthen the quad muscles and hamstrings in order to support the knees. My concerns are that if I am able to lose the excess weight and strengthen my quads and hamstrings, will  the symptoms associated with Chondromlacia Patella that I currently experience reduce or go away, or is it something that I am always going to have to put up with? Is there anyone else that plays football that has experienced Chondromlacia Patella? If so, how did you adapt things?

Many thanks in advance.  :)

Offline ejayem

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Re: Chondromalacia Patella and Playing Football (Soccer)
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 04:26:45 PM »
Bump.

60 views and 0 replies, huh?

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Re: Chondromalacia Patella and Playing Football (Soccer)
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2013, 07:34:13 PM »
Views and reads doesn't mean everyone that read has an answer. It sounds like you are asking for a lot of answers in your post. I'd say your first step would be to properly stregthen your quads, hamstrings, hips and core, and lose any of the excess weight you feel you have. There unfortunately is no crystal ball on if it will take your pain away. It may or may not... trying is the only way to find out. Th results will also help you to clarify or even answer your other questions down the road. Wouldn't hurt to have a professional evaluate it either and get their advice. That way you will no for certain what you are dealing with.

As for continueing to play on it. Some would tell you not to, others would say go for it if you can tolerate it. There is no gaurantee or certainty you woild or would not be making it worse.
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Re: Chondromalacia Patella and Playing Football (Soccer)
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013, 08:47:17 AM »
Good point. Thanks for taking the time to reply.  :)

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Re: Chondromalacia Patella and Playing Football (Soccer)
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013, 09:26:24 AM »
Is your kneecap tracking correctly? That can also cause crepitus or make it worse. You can also try taking glucosamine, chondrotin and MSM together for a supplement. Some people say it helps with pain but even if it doesnt it should help prevent cartilage from wearing down for the future. Id also try strengthening the glutius medius and maximus along with the quads and stretch them daily too.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2013, 09:27:57 AM by seant46 »
Right knee:
Sept 11/13 - Plica excision and scraped patella
Currently dealing with portal scar tissue from surgery, patellar tracking and patellar tendinopathy at the tibial tuberosity.

Left knee:
Currently dealing with less severe tracking and tendinopathy.

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Re: Chondromalacia Patella and Playing Football (Soccer)
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2013, 12:26:20 PM »
ejayem: There seems to be a couple of people here http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=35811.30 who got rid of their problem, so at least it should be possible. Don't know about football though, you might have to take a break from that to let your knees heal.















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