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PFT - What I have done to increase strenght and decrease pain

Patellafemoral Syndrome Patient Stories
Compiled by Knee1 Editorial Team

Formerly known as "Patient Stories", this blog features first-hand accounts of users who have dealt with Patellofemoral Syndrome (PFS).

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Patello Femoral Syndrome - May 11
Hi! I am 14 and have recieved both an x-ray and MRI of my knee. The doctors said that I ahev no structural damage. My PT said that my kneecap is too far up too far to the ...
Pain relievers to help with PFS pain - Feb 05
Does anyone know any effective balms/ creams (such as tiger balm joint cream, etc.) or dietary supplements/vitamins to help reduce the pain? I have to go through intense ...
Severe pfs both knees with bad hips and feet pain - Dec 10
Hi, my name is Tracy and in oct. of 2003, I was diagnosed with severe pfs both knees. I had always wondered why I was not able to squat, or do certain activities without ...
Patella Femoral Syndrome :( - Apr 06
I have been diagnosed with PFS about five years ago. At first the pain was bearable. Since then I have become even more active in sports, playing them constantly all year ...
PFS 10 - Feb 23
As Aviation Ordnanceman in the Navy, you're always lifting and loading weapons, so you use your legs quite often. I've had knee problems before, but the pain was always ...
Posted: Jan 19, 2003 19:53
  • PFT - What I have done to increase strenght and decrease pain
    At 26 years old, I have been suffering from PFS in both knees for 12 years. As a very active person I understand the frustration of not being able to be as active as I would like, and the debilitating pain associated with pushing myself too hard physically. I went through 2 years of PT when I was as a teen, and the overall result was that I fully understood that no Dr. is going to be able to "fix" my knees, it is my responsibility. Though all of us who suffer from PFS may have different cause for the injury, we all want the same end result; we want to strengthen the inner thigh so that the knee cap does not slide, so that the joint is stable, so that ultimately there is no pain when we walk the dog, pick up our kids or even the newspaper from the front porch, or can run a mile without the fear of the knees swelling the size of a grapefruit. You may or may not agree, but I feel that when I put my mind into your inner thigh when I am working out, the more nervous stimulus I can bring into my medial quads, the more strength I build to keep the knees stable. I have found yoga to be an excellent means of obtaining this goal. The movements are slow and controlled, and the practice is not at all competitive, so my ego does not get ahead of my ability. The practice is often very physically demanding, which satisfies my internal uber-jock. My yoga practice has also taught me the most important lesson: to find patience with my injury and my healing process. There are many different types of yoga, if you are interested in learning more, feel free to write to me. I have had such success with my healing process – I even teach Ashtanga yoga (or “power yoga”) now. We only have one set of knees, and we will need them forever. Be mindful of your knees, keep your hopes high and whatever your healing regime steady. Good luck!
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