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    medical question?

    It seems to me that an area for sports medicine and nutrition could be useful here.

    I used to run cross country and track in high school and college. I have not had a knee injury, but my knees do hurt after I spend much time on my feet. In the last couple months I have started running some again. I have had a little problem with tendinitis on my right knee, the tendon that runs over the knee cap. Right after a run, they don't really hurt but feel stiff. All this is pretty minor, to my major concern. My knee caps stick out so much, I can not even lay flat on my belly, cause my knee caps hurt. They seem to be getting worse since I have started running again. Any thoughts?

    oh, I did go see the doctor a few months ago, It had been a couple years and my insurance was about to change. I asked him to look at my knees, it was just a general family doctor, but he said my knees seem fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyrunner99
    It seems to me that an area for sports medicine and nutrition could be useful here.

    I used to run cross country and track in high school and college. I have not had a knee injury, but my knees do hurt after I spend much time on my feet. In the last couple months I have started running some again. I have had a little problem with tendinitis on my right knee, the tendon that runs over the knee cap. Right after a run, they don't really hurt but feel stiff. All this is pretty minor, to my major concern. My knee caps stick out so much, I can not even lay flat on my belly, cause my knee caps hurt. They seem to be getting worse since I have started running again. Any thoughts?

    oh, I did go see the doctor a few months ago, It had been a couple years and my insurance was about to change. I asked him to look at my knees, it was just a general family doctor, but he said my knees seem fine.
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    Ok, I thought this was more for crashes, but I guess it fits. I didn't really think about it.

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    Go see a better doc or a PT. To say they seem fine is a friggin cop out and is why people hate going to the doctor. Lemme guess, someone took your BP heart rate and stuck the thermometer in your ear. asked you a few questions and you waited for like ten minutes for your doc to come in and speak to you for about 4 minutes? A pt at the very least will give you a more thorough exam, and take the time to actually recreate the problem to formulate an actual plan of care, whether that plan is rehab, or simply a referral to a doc for them to x-ray/mri your knee to see where the issue is. are the knees warm to the touch? Do they have any positions where they are worse, or better? Did the pain come on sudden or over time? are you taking OTC meds? Are they working? Family history of Rheumatic diseases? Any other diseases you had as a child? How old are you? Change in lifestyle? Smoker?

    More than likely your doc thought that because you were working out a lot that you need to take it easy. I hate this more than anything. Taking it easy for an athlete makes things worse more often than the average joe, and yes you are an athlete. Ill stop ranting now, but get a second opinion, and BTW PT is short for Physical Therapist not personal trainer. Depending on your state, you may be able to go straight to them, but if not your doc can refer you and ins. will hopefully cover it.

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    Yeah, I agree with you 100% That is why it had been years since I had been to the doctor. After lots of searching online, I think my knee cap is being pulled on unevenly, it is getting pulled to the outside, and the groove the knee cap rides in is getting worn on one side, and cartilage is building up on the other side. Evidently, the fix is wearing a knee brace that pushes the knee cap into the correct spot. I do not have very good insurance now, and would most likely have to pay for anything out of my pocket. Do you think I should check into this more, try the knee brace, or just let it go. I think I should clarify, there is no pain most of the time. Only after standing on my feet for several hours, and the laying on my belly is more a discomfort, pressure, not pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyrunner99
    Yeah, I agree with you 100% That is why it had been years since I had been to the doctor. After lots of searching online, I think my knee cap is being pulled on unevenly, it is getting pulled to the outside, and the groove the knee cap rides in is getting worn on one side, and cartilage is building up on the other side. Evidently, the fix is wearing a knee brace that pushes the knee cap into the correct spot. I do not have very good insurance now, and would most likely have to pay for anything out of my pocket. Do you think I should check into this more, try the knee brace, or just let it go. I think I should clarify, there is no pain most of the time. Only after standing on my feet for several hours, and the laying on my belly is more a discomfort, pressure, not pain.
    Laying with your knee straight and your kneecap free to move, take press it to the outside and put your finger on the underside of it apd press. Does it hurt? do it yo the other side, Does it hurt? Stand on a step and face away from it as if you are going down stairs, step down with the good side (or better side) without bending to the side with the hips. Does that hurt? If yes to these you may have patellofemoral pain syndrome PFPS. See a PT, as you may have a muscle timing issue that is preventing the muscles that pull your kneecap inward from firing at the optimal time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyrunner99
    Yeah, I agree with you 100% That is why it had been years since I had been to the doctor. After lots of searching online, I think my knee cap is being pulled on unevenly, it is getting pulled to the outside, and the groove the knee cap rides in is getting worn on one side, and cartilage is building up on the other side. Evidently, the fix is wearing a knee brace that pushes the knee cap into the correct spot. I do not have very good insurance now, and would most likely have to pay for anything out of my pocket. Do you think I should check into this more, try the knee brace, or just let it go. I think I should clarify, there is no pain most of the time. Only after standing on my feet for several hours, and the laying on my belly is more a discomfort, pressure, not pain.
    Wearing a brace is just putting on a band aide on it. Try some of these work outs for the knee and I would only wear the brace when really needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellrazor666
    Wearing a brace is just putting on a band aide on it. Try some of these work outs for the knee and I would only wear the brace when really needed

    http://health.yahoo.com/musculoskele...e--ut1197.html
    Link only goes to the homepage, can you send it another way? Would really like to find out more about these exercises, Thanks!

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    You need to see an orthopedic. Anymore when I have a muscular/tendon/joint problem I skip the general practitioner and go straight to the specialist (orthopedic). It seems most insurance doesn't requir a referal to see a specialist but you might want to check with your insurance. Most of the time a general practitioner, will tell you what ever seems fine and give you an anti inflammatory and send you home. 100% of the time for me this has not worked. If it is a good orthopedic they will do much more thorough examination which may include xrays, mri and possible and authorgram.

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