chondromalacia?? anyone??

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SarahP
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   Posted 7/23/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not even sure if this IS a form of arthritis. The MRI showed that I had this in both knees, and the research I've looked up has been pretty dry. I'm just looking for anyone with experience with this, that could tell me maybe what to expect from the ortho when I go, and what works best for them for the function.
 
I also have a damaged ACL and am hoping to avoid surgery. From what I gathered, the chondromalacia could have made it easier for me to do this damage, but I'm not really clear on that. When I research both of them, I pull up mostly athletic injury sites, and I'm not an athlete, or do athletic things really. I have fibro.. so I'm definately not out running, etc..LOL.
 
I'm just still looking for answers I guess. :-)
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Ducky
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   Posted 7/23/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Sarah.. I have never heard of this either, so I looked it up on Mayo Clinic.com.. (I love that website) but anyway, this is what it says for treatment:
 
Treatment of patellofemoral pain often begins with simple measures. Rest your knee as much as possible. Avoid any activities that increase the pain, such as climbing stairs. If needed, take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

To speed your recovery, your doctor may recommend specific exercises or physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support your knees, such as your quadriceps, hamstrings and the muscles around your hips. Sometimes physical therapy may include electrical stimulation to strengthen your muscles. In other cases, knee braces or arch supports are recommended.

When you exercise, choose activities that go easy on your knees, such as bicycling and swimming. Your physical therapist may show you how to tape your knee to reduce pain and enhance your ability to exercise.

If these measures aren't effective, surgery may be an option.

  • Arthroscopy. During this procedure, the doctor inserts an arthroscope — a pencil-thin device equipped with a camera lens and light — into your knee through a tiny incision. Surgical instruments are passed through the arthroscope to remove fragments of damaged cartilage.
  • Realignment. In more severe cases, a surgeon may need to open your knee to realign the angle of the kneecap or relieve pressure on the cartilage.

Here is the website if you'd like.. I don't know if this helps out at all, but I thought it might be worth a shot.. :-) Do you have any appt yet with the ortho?


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bamabelle214
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   Posted 7/24/2007 2:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had it for a few years. If your doc prescribes physical therapy, you are going to concentrate on building the muscles in your inner thigh (these muscles support the alignment of the knee). The pain medicine, braces, etc. are just band aids. Only when I took working on muscle tone seriously did my symptoms subside. Also, do what you can to avoide significant weight gain. The dilemma is twofold if you do because 1. you are less likely to exercise and your muslce tone weakens, and 2. the additional weight makes it more difficult on your weight bearing joints, i.e. knees!

Good luck

SarahP
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   Posted 7/24/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
My appt. with the ortho is Aug. 3rd. Right now, I seem to be doing a little better wearing a brace on the worst knee. I guess it's helping the stabilizing and stopping it from twisting. Without the brace, it's obvious that my knee "slides" when I step.

I really hope I can get the physical therapy to work on it. I've heard the ortho's here are alllll about surgery. Of course, the down side of physical therapy is having fibromyalgia. Not sure how much the muscles will take... but I'll go through anything to avoid surgery.

Weight is not an issue, thank goodness. I've been putting on a brace and using it more and more. I know the doc said to not use it, but geesh. I'm a mom of 4 children.. with a house to keep up. And I think that was just a band aid move by reg. doc until ortho gets a look at it. Sooo.. I'll just keep on trucking until I find some answers and thanks to everyone!!!!
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Ducky
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   Posted 7/26/2007 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
August 3rd.. I'll write that down.. good luck to you Sarah!
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