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post #1 of 3 Old 09-30-2011, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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chondromalacia of the Knees

Just wondering if anyone else rides with this painful condition. It is a softening of the cartilage behind the kneecap. The kneecap tracks wrong across the joint wearing away the cartilage w/time not unlike arthritis. I'm back to riding after 30 yrs. However, I didn't realize how hard it would now be on my knees! I'm learning dressage because I can keep a longer leg position, and bought the flexi-irons, but I still have a ton of pain after posting. Trail rides are tough too. Sitting with my legs bent too long aggravates it. I can't go much more than 40 min w/o hurting. I'm so happy to be back in the saddle again, I don't want to give up! So anyone who has suggestions to help w/ knee stress or pain while riding...I'm all ears, or eyes...Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-30-2011, 07:40 PM
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Often times, as long as I'm on a horse that I trust, I will take a bit of a break, and take my feet out of the stirrups and stretch them a little bit. My issue is just a lack of cartilage between the kneecap and joint, from repeated injuries from riding. I also try to stretch before and after a ride to try and loosen up the joints a little bit. I hope that you are able to find a good solution that works so you can keep on enjoying horses, and riding.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-30-2011, 09:26 PM
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I have knee pain, too, these days. Years ago I was diagnosed with that; Chondromylacia. I dunno. I just have bad knees, am too heavy and play too much badminton.
But to be honest, you can do a lot to help your knees by strengthening the quads and the adductor/abductor muscles. And also, strengthening the gluteal muscles help. IT's possible that this knee pain will diminish as your fitness improves, though it might be something that you just have to tolerate . I know, it sucks!
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