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Told I have Chondromalcia Patellae Need Help

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  • Posted By: Rick P
  • February 5, 2007
  • 11:52 PM

:confused: I hope those of you with knee problems can help...several months ago I moved wrong in my office chair (chair too low) and twisted my right knee. I guess I favored the left leg and walked a bit differently. A week later, I developed a weakness in the right knee and then both knees became week. I wore knee supports for about 3 months and started to get a tingling feeling on the bottoms of my feet. Saw a PT and was told to not wear them and start an exercise program that focused on knee conditioning. I still have weak knees...no pain...just weak knees. Went to a rheumatoid doctor (bone scan, blood tests) and was told I should just continue to exercise...no signs of arthritis. Well...I still have weak knees...went to an orthopedic surgeon and was told I have Chondromalacia Patellae. Was told to exercise for 1 month, see a neurologist and see again in one more month. I began to search the Net today and everyone with this condition talks about pain that's associated with this condition. I don't have any pain or stiffness...just a weakness in the knees...I am not an athlete, nor am I on my feet constantly...what steps should I follow to get properly diagnosed? I hate to hobble around for another month...Please help!

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  • Well first things first get a second opinion from a orthopedic surgeon.Along with that I would evaluate what has changed in what you do and how you do it ie:extended period of physical inactivity during work hours and at home.and if you can join the ymca in your area and start swimming very low impact but excellent exercise along with cycling to improve leg strength other options start doing controlled squats with a partner while maintaining as close to perfect form as possible light weight or none at all.I post this due to experience and didn't even realize why it was happening but going down steps seemed to be getting a rather precarious thing.But a change in my job structure had taken me from a very busy daily up and down of ladders and stairs to a sedentary one behind a desk once I realized this it was just a matter of getting my legs back into work shape problem is now gone.
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  • What you need is a physical therapist. OS is overkill. A family physician should be able to direct you to a PT, or, find one yourself.
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  • That just seems ridiculous to me. As a person who has had CP for most of my life I can't fathom they would diagnose you with that without any symptoms of pain. Yes knee weakness is a symptom... but I just think pain is an essential part of CP. I would consider another doctor visit to someone else. A physical therapist is great for treating what you have but wont help if you dont really know what is wrong. It took me years of pain before I could convince a doctor that I had chronic knee pain. They were always diagnosing me with an acute problem such as bursitis, runner's knee, etc. It make take you some time and frustration to feel like you got a correct diagnosis but I wish you luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 08:04 PM
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  • Time has transpired...went to another PT...still have the weak knee issue. He is dubious as to why this is occuring. I had an MRI of my lower spine thinking of a buldged disc...turns out a have a very minor buldge, but nothing that sings out...my weak knee problem. I road my bicycle to work all summer long...has helped a bit..but as soon as I stopped, it's as if I never rode my bike. Went to a chinese doctor and claims my kiidneys are the culprit from the arm test. Believes from a stressful time in my life my kidneys aren't at their needed range and is creating the weakness. Am taking an herb for this and have not seen any real improvements (on it for 30 days and counting). Will see another neurologist at the end of the month and start things all over again. It is really getting difficult living with this weak knee condition. Anyone else have any input?
    Rick P 2 Replies
    • November 4, 2007
    • 07:01 PM
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  • I had an MRI of my lower spine thinking of a buldged disc...turns out a have a very minor buldge, but nothing that sings out...my weak knee problem. Hi, Everyone, I'm new to this forum and I was diagnosed with CP about 10 years ago. The pain still comes and goes after all this time. Rick P, like Unregistered, I don't think CP exists without pain. A back/disc problem could cause pain, but yes, weakness does not make sense.I found this online and it's all about knee weakness (not necessarily with pain), so it might be helpful: http://www.hughston.com/hha/a.extmech.htmMy CP appeared when I started working out at the gym years ago. Each day I tried leg presses, I could do less and less. I finally gave up because I couldn't take the pain. My knees creak (and hurt!) when I go up and down stairs, and every once in a while, they seem to let go, causing me to drop a little. I have to admit, it does entertain my children....and I agree that physical therapy may help, although in order to take full advantage of it, you'll probably need to figure out what's wrong first.
    sweeticeblue 352 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the reply. Since my last posting, I have seen other doctors. The last one suggested that I have tight hamstrings that your link suggested. I have been stretching them for 2 months now and I have noticed a lessoning of weakness. I still wear the knee supports and hope the weakness eventually disappears. I was told to give it 6 months! My only other recourse is to see my first orthopedic surgeon and have orthoscopic surgery to have my tendons cut to center my knee caps. The PT's haven't helped...am told my leg muscles are strong, etc...So...I will give the stretching a chance since the other doctors claim my knee caps are OK.
    Rick P 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Definitely stick with the stretching! My CP is very painful at times but I wear the knee supports when I know I should (most of the time, anyway!) - sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't.
    sweeticeblue 352 Replies Flag this Response
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