I am a physical therapist. I would first say, do not do any exercises that cause pain. The pain could be realted to the knee cap. Apply ice (no heat!) 10 minutes at a time a few times a day.
Thank you . I may see another doc , however dissapointed that I may be that I told this Doc I sometimes can duplicate the spot / angle of knee slightly bent with weight over the joint - where the knee would just seem to wobble back and forth and feel like knuckles cracking as happens when i fall and he did not even want me to attempt to show him- I have since done this once at home for my wife and she can hear it but also feel it on the top of my knee- its because of this it may not be the main bones but the Patella wobbling- we looked at the x-ray and the patella is off to the right and touching bone on the x-ray. The doc did say there were patella prcedures but they sometimes do not have great results so maybe he understood what was happening and just didnt mention that. I am puzzled that he recommended bike riding since that aggravates the heck out of the knee and makes it swell greatly. Its almost like he doesn't understand that if I stand for 10 min-walk for 10 min ride a bike for 10 min my knee swells and I have pain for hours .
PS I have begun laying down and tightening the Quad / Ham muscles and that may work sometimes when I tighten up the quad I get a slight popping of the knee cap but so far not bad pain just a little sting once in a while when it pops a little .
Sorry for the novel- anything you can add?? And Thanks.
Thanks- between yourself and Dr Vinod I may have some solution. I actually will be getting an inexpensive knee brace that crosses the patella from a PT where my wife used to work and some instructions similar to yousr and Dr Vinod . He said if it helps with comfort and the falls perhaps my main problem has been the Patella and I may want to revisit the doc with those results. He also suggested waiting as long as possible for knee replacement so hopefully the brace helps- he did say there were more specialized Patella support braces available also- Can you recommend any if this one seems to help the situation???
I have been using a brace supplied by an Otho clinic out of state where my wife used to work. Since using this brace my falls ( knee collapse ) have reduced drastically- from 2-3 times a week to 2-3 times a month. The brace is dual purpose- inexpensive - but does offer some Patella stabilization. x-rays show obvious knee cap deteriation ( less than 50 % of the other knee in size ) and an old MRI report said slight sublexation- I have two questions untill I get a different referral from my PCP ( although the doc stated the obvious about the knee cap he did not even bother to allow me to show him what happens when I bend my knee and it wobbles and crunchs and did not even offer a brace solution to my falls )
1. is there a brace designed specifically for the knee cap that may work better???
price is not an issue if I keep falling I will eventually have more serious injuries than bruises and scrapes.
2. The Doc ( who I am not returning to ) stated that knee replacements where the knee cap is an issue do not always work out the best. I researches this and have read many posts that actually support what he said . What is the difference between a routine knee replacement and one where 2/3 of the knee cap is gone???? Maybe my new doc will better explain this but am waiting until my next PCP visit to request a different specialist .
I am a Soldier who had reconstructive ACL surgery (w/patella tendon) back in 1997. Since my repair and rehab, I have run in several marathons 10ks and ten milers. Recently on a short run (in cold temperatures) my knee felt very weak afterward, and I experienced new pain below the knee cap. It also became very swollen. I took it easy for a couple of days and the swelling subsided, but now I have extreme knifing pain radiating up from my knee through my quadricep muscle when I bend my knee while sitting/squatting or lowering my body (to sit in a chair, for example) What is wrong? Anybody?