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chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc. en>fr fr>en
By rachael033 Comments: 10, member since Thu Mar 13, 2008
On Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:01 AM
Edited by rachael033 (193426) on 2008-07-01 00:01:38

Hey! So, just for the past 6 months or so (but mostly last few months) I've been getting chronic knee pain on the inside of my knees--it started with my left knee but now both hurt after dancing, and sometimes when I plie or seemingly nothing I'll get a sharp pain right next to my kneecap.
My knees constantly crack (as do my hips) and lately they feel like I need to crack them, but they wont (cracking by twisting) if I don't crack them, it hurts. I don't know if this is causing my problem or not, but it seems to have escalated lately w/ more dancing.
Also, I think I might have a slight tracking problem, but I am not sure. I have tried to correct this by making sure my knees track between the 1st two toes, but sometimes this seems to only put more strain on my knees.
I do not force turnout or anything, and I've tried to focus on turning out from my hips (feeling hip flexors working), but with little improvement. By focusing on this, do you think I'm only straining my knees more?
Even being aware of what my knees are doing all the time, I feel like I am getting no where. Any advice would be much appreciated (and yes, I'm planning on seeing my doctor soon)
Thank you! =]

7 Replies to chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc.

re: chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc. en>fr fr>en
By hamfistPremium member Comments: 5594, member since Fri Dec 24, 2004
On Tue Jul 01, 2008 02:53 AM
Do see a doctor who specializes in sports injury because that sort of qualification means you are dealing with a specialist.

Ian
re: chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc. en>fr fr>en
By dancinqt5013member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 3865, member since Wed Aug 17, 2005
On Wed Jul 02, 2008 03:24 PM
Definately see a doctor to check things out. Chances are, it's nothing serious like a torn ligament or dislocation, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't see a doctor. There are so many things that can go wrong with knees. It sounds a lot like your knees and hips are really stiff. I know the feeling when you want to crack them but they won't. But be very careful. I had that feeling in my back and it turned into an overuse strain. I would guess that your problem is mainly a muscle one. Your doctor, after doing some tests and all that, will probably reccomend physical therapy. If you are having trouble with your knees staying over your toes, your muscles might not be strong enough and it can also make your hips hurt a little (maybe that's why they are stiff?). There are a number of physical therapy exercises that can strengthen those muscles. But hopefully, all your questions will be answered by your doctor.
re: chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc. en>fr fr>en
By pointe92member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 807, member since Fri May 25, 2007
On Thu Jul 03, 2008 04:29 PM
see a doctor! good luck
re: chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc. en>fr fr>en
By rachael033 Comments: 10, member since Thu Mar 13, 2008
On Tue Jul 08, 2008 02:44 PM
thanks! i actually haven't seen one yet... but my ballet teacher suggested that it may be a tracking disorder/ Chondromalacia Patella.
thank you =]
re: chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc. en>fr fr>en
By hamfistPremium member Comments: 5594, member since Fri Dec 24, 2004
On Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:23 AM
^^^
Regrettably, I have to say that your ballet teacher is likely not a qualified medical specialist and could be giving poor advice; but feel free to inform me otherwise.

I am a very experienced trainer of contortionists but am not medically qualified and it is for this reason that I always tell anyone with a body problem to go to a qualified person for treatment.

That person is not your ballet teacher, me, a general practitioner (basic doctor dealing with colds etc) or other keen-to-help but not qualified person.

You should go to a qualified specialist and that is a doctor who specialises in sports injury and as soon as possible!

Ian
re: chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc. en>fr fr>en
By diamondz101Premium member Comments: 3381, member since Thu Jul 10, 2008
On Mon Jul 21, 2008 05:07 PM
good god what ever it is this doesnt sound good seek medical advise and let me know what the outcome is hope you get it sorted? love jade.x
re: chronic knee pain- 16 yrs. trouble in plie, turnout, etc. en>fr fr>en
By miraclefrmheavnmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 2064, member since Mon Jun 02, 2008
On Sat Jul 26, 2008 05:21 PM
Edited by begstretcher2008 (197101) on 2008-07-26 17:26:18
If you are like me and have no health insurance, etc..., then I can understand why you wouldn't want to go to a doctor. I haven't had health insurance in over 3 years so I don't go to the doctor no matter how badly I am hurting.

But in answer to your question, I have the same thing. A few years ago, I had to quit dancing all together because I couldn't stand up from a plie the pain was so badly.

And if you are force cracking your knees, fingers, or any joints at all (which I do frequently), you are actually making the problem worse instead of better (even though the pain is relieved temporarily). I know I have cracked my knees since I was in grade school and I mean I really snap them hard to ease the pain. (And that theory that if you crack your knuckles, you are only hearing air popping is bogus. Don't ever believe that. You are doing more harm than good. My doctor told me that for years that my knees were only popping air, yeah right! I have also done tons of research online and if you twist your joints like that you could tear them as well). Get a qualified opinion on the matter and I do mean a qualified physician. I will never go to my doctor again, ever. (He won't see me anyway because I am low-income).

Well, as others have suggested, you can see a doctor. I, myself, have figured out that if I don't crack my knees (as hard as it is because of the excruciating pain), then my knees don't hurt nearly as badly.

Now, I can relate to you my friend. Try not cracking your knees for a while and see if that helps. Pain reliever is also something you could try as well, but in moderation. I am not a doctor or anything, I am just stating what has happened to me and what I have been trying to deal with.

*HUGS* to you and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,

begstretcher2008 :)

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