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Chondromalacia patella(4 posts)

Chondromalacia patellaBNA_Biker
May 2, 2002 1:49 AM
Twenty years ago when I was in the USCG, I was diagnosed with a chondromalacia patella. I treated it with exercise and 10 asprins a day for a year or so. The last 2 years I have been riding with no problem. Recently I have had knee pain during my warm up and some during the ride. My miles have increased to ~150 per week so far this spring. Any advise for dulling the pain? Should I seek professional help or just white knuckle it? I do have a new bike set up which was "professionally" fitted at my LBS.
re: Chondromalacia patellafunknuggets
May 2, 2002 7:01 AM
Ahhh, the roughening on the back of the kneecap for all who are listening, made more prevalent by the thinning of the cartiledge due to wear and tear, typically by running. I would be surprized that suddenly this would reappear, especially if you are only riding. Now, there are a lot of things that could cause generalized knee pain, increased mileage, moving to the 53 after riding the small ring all winter, changed positioning, spinal misalignment... you name it. What kind of a pain is it, sharp, dull, is it present off the bike, when running, going up/down stair...etc... lots of unknowns here BNA...
re: Chondromalacia patellamlester
May 2, 2002 10:17 AM
Whether you are a medical provider or not, the best medical advise is to seek professional medical attention, not to dispense it unwisely over the internet. I do not know if that would be your intention but just a word of advise to a possible fellow medical prof.
Medical adviceKerry
May 2, 2002 4:08 PM
Going to a "typical" doctor and tell them that "my knee hurts when I ride the bike" will often get you a "then don't ride the bike" response. Seek medical care from someone who both understands the condition and understands cyclists. The most typical cause of chondromalacia in cyclists is pushing too big a gear - on the flats and up hills.