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I have been dealing with this for almost 3 years now. The first doctor to look at me never said the words patella femoral syndrome but what he did do is tell me to speed walk for 3 months and all will be ok. 3 years later I can still hear some of the crunching.... not nearly as bad but there is some there. I stopped motocross for the last 3 years because of fear that I will make it worse. Plus life got in the way and took my mind off motocross.

So now I want to return to my local track in the spring and I want to be healthy. Went to a new sports med doctor and he said patella femoral syndrome. Told me I had a imbalance in my leg muscles and set me up to do physio and also highly suggested that I look into Yoga.

Now, will fixing the imbalance and stretching do the trick for me by spring? I have a hard time with that because I have taken it easy on my knees for 3 years and the problem is still there. Granted the terrible crunching when I walk up and down stairs has lessened by 80% but will me knees be able to take a season of motocross twice a week? I am 41 btw.

The left knee is the worst. I can feel my knee cap hang up on something ever so slightly when I extend my leg then it will pop free. I can't get it to do it all the time, once it has done it it wont happen again until I let my leg rest for a min. Also, I tried an exercise where to balance on the one leg and with the other to reach it out to 12 o'clock position, bring it back to center then go to 1 o'clock, bring it back the 3 and so on. When I do this I can hear my left knee making crunching sounds each time.

Is this actually going to go away if I strengthen my leg muscles and stretch properly?

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Patellafemoral syndrome is medicalese for you have a bad knee cap and I don't know what exactly is wrong.

Acess to specialist care is rather limited where you are and I wish I could give your more advice, but without seeing you, getting weight bearing X-rays, and a CT scan, I couldn't do better than patella femoral syndrome, myself.

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The CT scan is only of value if the doc know what to look for. If all you can get from them to date is patellafemoral syndrome, I doubt a CT would help in your current situation.

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