I am a 47 year old mail who has been training/competitive in sports since 15. I developed chondrolamacia in the left knee 3 yrs ago, and it was shaved 6 mo's ago. The operation did not help, and it is somewhat worse. I'm now swimming, rollersking (classic style), and occasionally in line skating. I'm pain free but not symptom free. I have fullness, tingling around the kneecap, some irritation, and general annoyment. Sometimes it feels great after swimming or roller skiing, sometimes the next day it is annoyed.
My main question is whether these activities, which are supposed to be knee cap friendly, are further eroding the cartlidge, or, if these symptoms are nuisance only and not a sign of further degradation.
I am intrested in experiences of other aging athletes who have worked around chondrolamacia either successfully or unsuccesfully.