SkateSkateSkate wrote:Hey everyone, I was diagnosed last summer with Patello-Femoral
I've suffered from this since age 12....and now have little cartilage left
I find skatings brilliant, so is cycling-it does rub the knee caps but no-where as bad as impact sports. Swimming is excellent, and the crawl builds up the front of your quads which is essential to pull your kneecaps back in line. Depending on which way you knees are misaligned (mine pull to the outside) you have to do some serious physio on the opposite muscle, so for me its lots of inner leg exercises (again cycling seems to strengthen this area of the knee) and straight leg exercise with the foot turned out. LOTS of them. If a gym has those thigh machines you can use them to work the inner leg muscles too.
Warm up loads before skating-starting does still hurt but the pain eases off quicker this way
Put sorbothane insoles in all your shoes-reduces shock impact that you even get from just walking. Still climb mountains just go down inclines sideways or backwards (seriously). DO NOT do any running sports anymore-its not worth it, you'll end up having a patelloectomy (what I've been told is my next option-nice) or a major knee realignment (and they will just spring back) or even a full replacement at a far too young age.
I know it sucks-I had to give trampolining, netball, hockey and worse my lovely Jitsu and that made me cry
But skating makes up for it