Originally Posted by Hacksaw
I'm still having problems with my left knee (I've had two scope surgerys in the last couple years. The last one being last summer. I had the right knee done in 1999.) with condromalasia (sp?). I
I have the same problem, chondromalacia, on 1 knee due to wear and tear, old age, and injury. Doctor recommended physical therapy and to try glucosamine/chondroitin (my doc said that only about 50% find this effective). Therapy was several months and I have continued to work out for the past 5 years with steady improvement. Only thing I cannot do is to ski moguls but at 62 who cares.
Started taking celebrex for osteoarthritis in my hands and it seemed to help my knee as well. However, there are some nasty side effects and not everyone can take it. Most common are irritation or bleeding in intestinal tract but there are others but I have had none.
I believe that without physical therapy to realign my patella and strengthen the quads and stretches as well I would not have recovered as completely. Also glad not to have surgury which I was sure I would have.
Find a good physical therapist who specializes in sports injuries and it will probably help more than the meds alone. By the way, celebrex is very expensive but you can buy it in Canada for about 50% of usa prices.
Good luck and hope you have the same success that I have had in dealing with it. By the way, mine was so bad that I could not walk up or down stairs without extreme pain.....now completely gone and just completed a couple of tough hikes in the Sierras last week. Knees not even sore but it has taken a lot of time to overcome the problem.