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Offline Bleak_Knee

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Knee cap feel "loose" and pain after excercise
« on: June 17, 2015, 10:18:37 PM »
Hi All,

Wow, a whole forum for knee problems, looks like I came to the right place.

I am experiencing the below symptoms:

1. Shooting pains when climbing up/down stairs and any exercise really.
2. Cycling/jogging (at the gym) for a moderate amount of time gives a sensation of the kneecap being loose, almost as if it is becoming detached
3. I was trying to learn squats the other night (won't do that again) and my knees were clicking on every squat. My wife could hear the clicks.
4. If I move the knee-cap around with my fingers it feels like there is friction, like bone/cartilage rubbing against each other. 

I googled the knee looseness, and got some results mentioning "patellar tracking  disorder".

What do you reckon? How can I be sure that's what the problem is? Where do I take this from here? Doctor? Physio? There's loads of advice on how to self-medicate, but I wouldn't want to risk making the problem worse following a misdiagnosis. 

I am 36, been experiencing this for years would be good to get it resolved.

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Re: Knee cap feel "loose" and pain after excercise
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2015, 10:56:04 PM »
Best in my view to see a knee specialist (might be an orthopaedic surgeon, a sports doctor or a rheumatologist). What country are you in? 
You may need a referral from a GP for that however. Sometimes you may be asked to try physiotherapy first. Again, you may need a referral, or you may be able to self refer if paying out off met, depending on your country

There's a very good patella primer in the information hub to give you an idea of the anatomy and possible causes of the issues

While waiting for medical attention, you'd probably be best to avoid weight bearing or impact activities at the gym. Swimming is fairly knee friendly, stick to front crawl/backstroke. Even cycling can be rough on kneecaps, especially if the bike isn't set up right, as gym bikes inevitably aren't!

Good luck :)
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Re: Knee cap feel "loose" and pain after excercise
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2015, 08:57:56 AM »
Hi Bleak-Knee

I think that it is about time to visit a Doctor who may prescribe X-rays in the first instance - it wont go away on it`s own - so medical action is required.

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Re: Knee cap feel "loose" and pain after excercise
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2015, 07:39:58 PM »
Thanks guys.

I am a contractor so was hoping to avoid multiple visits to doctor/specialists as can be expensive but I guess I will have to bite the bullet  :(















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