I have hip dysplasia and had a THR in 2021 which has turned out well. My knees were under ‘stress’ until I could get my op as I was walking badly (delayed due to COVID) and one knee never recovered (grinding, crunching, discomfort but no pain, full movement). I have had to pay for private X-ray and MRI as the NHS wouldn’t look at it. It looks like I have chrondomalacia (kneecap damage) but no loss of joint space (I have cracks in the cartilage). It seems quite advanced in terms of deep cracks. I’m waiting to see a surgeon this week (privately again) to discuss options and get a true diagnosis. I am absolutely terrified.
I am really struggling mentally having already gone through a THR in my thirties. Apparently my actual knee is fine, it’s part of my kneecap that isn’t. Due to patellar tracking and weak muscles, which I’m already in PT for.
Does anyone have this and is it arthritis? I can’t get a straight answer. Some say yes, some no, some say it’s pre arthritis…
Is there any way to treat it successfully or am I going back on the arthritis train again?
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