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Im 19, when i went to basic i fell off one of the obstical course walls. My knee went thorugh a cycle of Swelling/locking then when i got out it stopped for a whaile. At the time they said i was some kinda lubercating problem. When i got to my unit i was tripped (about 1/2 a year later) with a 50pd backpack on. It was hard to walk for about a week on that leg, no swelling. Then a week later after sprints it began to hurt again and as the day went on it stopped bending as far... after it would almost not move it swoll up like a canalope. They diagnosed me with Candra Malasia Patella... but no MRI just a were does it hurt.. what could be wrong with me. Now it hurts to bend it hard... or going up an incline... and very very rarley it will swell just a lil.


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I will give you the military doctors cure for everthing.

800mg of Motrin

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y father was the OIC at the army JAG office at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah Ga when he retired.

So yes I grew up around the military but I never joined. That is always what the prescribe. To them it is the ******* miracle drug.<img src=/images/forums/snitz/laugh.gif width=15 height=31 border=0>


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WytchDctr,

What you're making reference to is called Chondromalacia patellae. Yah, I know it's a tough one to spell, let alone pronounce. This is known as a softening of the cartilage around the knee cap and as you bend your knee the knee cap (patella) comes in contact with the main bone of the leg (femur and or thigh bone). This causes inflammation and pain as you have been experiencing. In a small amount of cases it leads to osteoarthritis (OA). There are no known tests (ex. Blood, MRI or CT scan) that are diagnostic for this condition.

Some other things it could be:
1. Tendinitis of the knee (aka: jumpers knee)
2. Plica Syndrome (anterior (front of knee) medial pain (to the inside part of knee and not the inside of the joint) knee pain).
3.Osteoarthritis(OA), usually seen in the elderly or after many impact injuries (ex. sport injuries).

Here's some things you can try.

1. Leg extension exercises. In a seated position extend the lower leg as far up as you can so now the knee joint isn't bent. Let the knee joint bend about 10 degrees and then go into full extension again so the knee joint is straight again. Do this approximately 25 times in the morning and at night. If you experience increased pain while doing this stop and apply ice for 20 minutes. If it seems to irritate it even after you've tried it several days discontinue doing them. This is done to make the Vastus Medialis Obliquis muscle stronger. If in fact the muscle is weaker it will help the problem, by aligning the knee cap with the knee joint properly so yo don't have the irritating rubbing that leads to pain and inflammation.

2. Stretching the hamstrings, quadricepts, and gastrocnemius muscles.

3. Applying ice for 20 minutes then off for an hour then applying ice 20 minutes again.

The inflammation process is what need to be controlled and those 3 ways should help do it.
You can keep taking the 800 motrin you have been also.
Drink some pineapple juice or eat some fresh pineapples. They have anti-inflammatory properties.
You can also get some Bromelain. Bromelain is concentrated Pineapple bark extract that is even more potent than pineapple juice for reducing inflammation and pain.

Here's a site found for you to check out.
http://www.orthoseek.com/articles/chondromp.html

Keep me posted!

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I have been dealing with PFPS (PatelaFemoral pain Syndrome -> same condition as described by Doc) for well over ten years. My physiotherapist suggested surgery and I said "NO"!! Now ten years later, I have little to no pain. My secret? Swimming. Flutter kick and lots of it. It works wonders. I gave up on running on asphaltconcrete and will only run on trails, minimal skating as this worsened my condition (lateral motion = ouchy). Mostly, get the muscles in your thighs (quads and hams) really strong and you will never have pain. Avoid deep squats and lunges as strenghtening exercises too. Hope this helps. <img src=/images/forums/snitz/smile.gif width=15 height=15 border=0>


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I feel your pain. I had similar problems a few years back. I was initially diagnosed with a miniscus cartilage tear. Afterwards my knee would lock regularly..... only for a few minutes then it'd be fine again. Kept playing baseball then POW!!! I heard that popping sound that I hope I NEVER hear again!!! Turns out I had a complete tear of my ACL ligament. Have since had it scoped and had re-constructive surgery on it. I currently go to physio regularly and it really sucks! Do what ever it is your doctor asks of you dude. A ligament tear of any form is just not cool..... trust me!


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Thanx for the advise... can this heal.. ever?
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With time it will heal, but when you keep re-injurying it, it prolongs healing time.

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