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BFGUITAR
07-27-2009, 09:00 AM
So I went to the doctor for my knee. He says it isn't Osgood Schlatters from the X-rays he saw. For some reason there is inflammation where the tendon meets the bone on my tibia. He said I need to build up the patella's tolerance... and to start very light and build up. He recommends I go to physiotherapy and not to do any leg work at all until then (which is next week) and see what they say.

Now this is the thing... physiotherapy isn't covered by Ontario health care but it is covered by my school health plan... for up to 240 dollars worth. This gives me about 3 sessions worth of physiotherapy before I need to pay myself. I will probably just learn what I need to do and then do it on my own. I have never been to physiotherapy so I really don't know what to expect. How long do things like these take to subside? I want to compete at the end of August but now I'm not so sure I will be able to. If I don't compete than I lose my chance to qualify for the nationals.

drmobley
07-27-2009, 10:18 AM
Like any pain and inflammation, it depends on how much you aggravate it. usually things have to start somewhere, so if the bone isn't pulled away yet (osgoods) it might be in that transitional phase, so advice from doc was good. continue to ice it and i would say limit extreme flexion atg squats, otherwise, myself I would stretch, ice and anything else for inflammation that you normally take. How old of a guy are you? 1/2 and 3/4 squats should not pull no the tendon near as much as full or atg squats. I would also lay off worthless exercises like leg extensions (not that yu do them). Lemme know if this helps any. also, knee wrap for added support or comfort may benefit you. .02 cents

BFGUITAR
07-27-2009, 10:55 AM
I am 21.
I will start icing it more and of course, lots of stretching.
I find that working my hamstrings hard helps with the whole issue. I have knee wraps for support which I usually wear. Thanks for the help!

JSully
07-27-2009, 01:11 PM
I used to have really bad issues with my patellar tendon until I caught up my posterior. **** tons of box squats and SLDLs fixed it for me.. now I just gotta get over this hip issue. I found that really squatting back onto a box helped my knees so much..

Not sure if you do that already, just fyi based on my experience..

BFGUITAR
07-27-2009, 01:13 PM
I used to have really bad issues with my patellar tendon until I caught up my posterior. **** tons of box squats and SLDLs fixed it for me.. now I just gotta get over this hip issue. I found that really squatting back onto a box helped my knees so much..

Not sure if you do that already, just fyi based on my experience..

I noticed after box squats and SLDLs a few days ago my knees seem to hurt a lot less. Perhaps ill go full out on hamstring work.

Virtron
07-27-2009, 09:25 PM
I agree box squats man... box squats. This is probably not news to you, but in any case, make sure you sit back in a way that your knee is directly over your ankle. Your shins should be perpendicular to the floor. I mean they can be greater than 90 but not less... Less means more towards toes. Remember squat up not forward. Last but not least... contract your abs first, then push your knees out to prevent buckling and simultaneously contract the glutes. You'll see what I mean if you do this.

I had knee issues too... what helped me is IT Band stretch and Band Leg Curls... However, those exercises might not be relevant to your knee pain. I would stay away from SLDLs for now though.

DrDudley-Robey
07-27-2009, 09:36 PM
Ask your doctor about NSAID'S (naproxen sodium) or a steroid (kennalog) shot into the knee. These will speed up the process