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Re: [hr100] patella femoral chondromalacia

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  • Terry Gebhardt
    Hi Harry, Chondromalacia means pain behind the knee cap.  There may or may not be cartilage damage associated with this diagnosis.  There is plenty of good
    Message 1 of 5 , Mar 29, 2010
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      Hi Harry,

      Chondromalacia means pain behind the knee cap.  There may or may not be cartilage damage associated with this diagnosis.  There is plenty of good research that says strengthening specific hip muscles can significantly reduce symptoms.  I see a lot of patients/runners who have this (I am a physical therapist) and they always return to running.  Not running sounds ludicrous to me.  Someone with pain in the knees may need to modify her training, but she should still be able to return to running with the appropriate interventions.  Unfortunately, I do not know any PT in NM to send her to but I would have her look up a sports PT instead of an MD.  A PT will treat was is causing the pain (weak muscles, tight muscles, maybe do a running analysis), and should help her manage her symptoms so she can run.

      Let me know if you have further questions.
      Terry

      Terry Gebhardt, PT, DPT
      Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists
      www.ColPTs.com

      --- On Sat, 3/27/10, Harry Bruell <hbruell@...> wrote:

      From: Harry Bruell <hbruell@...>
      Subject: [hr100] patella femoral chondromalacia
      To: hr100@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Saturday, March 27, 2010, 11:07 AM




      Hardrock
      family,



      I have a
      family member (female, late 30s, middle distance runner) who just got diagnosed
      with patella femoral chondromalacia.  Her doctor told her she can never
      run again.  Has anyone out there had this diagnosis?  Does anyone
      have any resources or suggestions?  She lives in Northern New Mexico; does
      anyone have a doctor in Northern NM/Southern CO to suggest that would
      understand a ‘runner’s perspective’ and look for alternative solutions?



      Thanks
      so much!

      Harry
      Bruell


                               

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    • Deb Pero
      Harry, About half the runners I know have this to some degree! I have femoral condyle corrosion, and was told 10 years ago that I had to stop running. Glad I
      Message 2 of 5 , Mar 29, 2010
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        Harry,

        About half the runners I know have this to some degree! I have femoral
        condyle corrosion, and was told 10 years ago that I had to stop running.
        Glad I didn't heed that advice!
        There was a guy in Los Alamos at the hospital, who was our primary care guy
        for the short time we were there, and I cannot remember his name, but he was
        very good.. he definitely was of the mindset to keep you going rather than
        shut you down.I wish I could remember his name! Maybe even call the
        hospital and ask.
        I believe he was military, maybe reserve or something, that might help.

        deb

        On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Harry Bruell <hbruell@...> wrote:

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        > Hardrock
        > family,
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        > I have a
        > family member (female, late 30s, middle distance runner) who just got
        > diagnosed
        > with patella femoral chondromalacia. Her doctor told her she can never
        > run again. Has anyone out there had this diagnosis? Does anyone
        > have any resources or suggestions? She lives in Northern New Mexico; does
        > anyone have a doctor in Northern NM/Southern CO to suggest that would
        > understand a �runner�s perspective� and look for alternative solutions?
        >
        >
        >
        > Thanks
        > so much!
        >
        > Harry
        > Bruell
        >
        >
        >
        >
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