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chondromalacia of the patella(5 posts)

chondromalacia of the patellagot2ryd
May 31, 2001 7:33 PM
any others out there suffering from this degenerative knee problem? i was diagnosed years ago and have delt with it. but now, after trying to get started riding this season, am having big problems. hills are killing me and the next day i suffer and i am lame. im pretty sure its under the knee cap and not any ligaments or tendons that are bothering me. am i doomed? im getting radiographs next week.
any input is greatly appreciated. thanks!
Nope. Had clamidia once, maybe twice. Lookin' for the third. nmblue bayou
May 31, 2001 10:44 PM
Had a tonsilectomy...HoochieMamma
Jun 1, 2001 12:40 AM
does that count?
re: chondromalacia of the patellaPaolo
Jun 1, 2001 7:55 AM
Started in January. OS said it was a mild case although pain didn't reflect diagnosis. 4 1/2 months later went for MRI as both knees not much better even after taking time off bike (2 1/2 months). Got MRI today - we'll see. X-rays didn't show a thing. This is really testing my patience more than anything else.

I'll post more as soon as I get info. Outlook doesn't seem great. Options out there seem few - (1)deal with the pain - stretch, work out hams/vm (I haven't had great results from it) (2) get cortizone shots (doesn't do anything for the chondro) (3) operate ...
re: chondromalacia of the patellajbrown2036
Jun 1, 2001 12:57 PM
Stretching seems to have done the trick for me. I stayed off the bike for around a month (nothing sucks worse) and just stretched and did what my PT told me to do. I also got a coach who totally changed my riding/training habits and I think that is what has made the most difference. Good luck man-oh, and if it's at all within the scope of doability see if you can get an appointment with Dr. Andy Pruitt in Colorado (He is probably the most knowledgeable man on the planet about this).