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    Im in my late twenties (female) and since I was 11 ive always had a tender left knee -just under my patella. Running used to trigger the tenderness but its been on and off over the years. It has never been painful enough to stop me from running (mainly sprinting) but ive always worried whether ornot im making things worse. I worry about wearing the cartilage down. Ive been to the gp in the past I had an xray 4 years ago which the receptionist said was normal and saw a physio who advised me that my quads and hamstrings were very tight and therefore to stretch. Over the last year the left knee has developed crepitus i can hear and feel it crackling quite loud when i do a squating motion. There is no pain however i would like to start training for 100m hurdles and again im worried about causing damage in the long term. The last thing i want is a knee replacement when im older but at the same time id like to train at athletics. I know that gp's can be quite reluctant to refer for mri's or scans which actually show cartilage wear expecially if the knee isnt cauing that much pain at the moment. I just want to know where i stand with my knee i guess in terms of will I do any long term damage training for hurdles.
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    Im in my late twenties (female) and since I was 11 ive always had a tender left knee -just under my patella. Running used to trigger the tenderness but its been on and off over the years. It has never been painful enough to stop me from running (mainly sprinting) but ive always worried whether ornot im making things worse. I worry about wearing the cartilage down. Ive been to the gp in the past I had an xray 4 years ago which the receptionist said was normal and saw a physio who advised me that my quads and hamstrings were very tight and therefore to stretch. Over the last year the left knee has developed crepitus i can hear and feel it crackling quite loud when i do a squating motion. There is no pain however i would like to start training for 100m hurdles and again im worried about causing damage in the long term. The last thing i want is a knee replacement when im older but at the same time id like to train at athletics. I know that gp's can be quite reluctant to refer for mri's or scans which actually show cartilage wear expecially if the knee isnt cauing that much pain at the moment. I just want to know where i stand with my knee i guess in terms of will I do any long term damage training for hurdles.
    Worth having a discussing with your doctor about this. Tell them about what you are experiencing, why you think you would benefit from a scan etc. Don't just walk in like "I can has scan?" and expect them to do the thinking- you know your body and you've done a lot of research by the sounds of it. They only have a few minuets to assess things and may not consider some of the things you've looked into. Not sure if they would do a scan or anything, but they should be able to help in some way.
    Might also be worth seeing an osteopath or physio. They are great with things like this and should also be able to give you advice on how to exercise without doing damage to it. You could ask your gp about a referral, but you can also see them without a referral.

    Hope that helps. Good luck
 
 
 
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