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Patella Alta treatment

oakhill
oakhill Community member Posts: 2 Courageous
Having just found out by accident that the horrendous knee pain my teenager is dealing with is cause by Patella Alta. This is causing him to go from walking unaided to totally supported or not at all and other issues.
I am now wondering if anyone has had treatment for it i.e. surgery, used knee braces, which ones, gone down the private route for anything?
Many thanks.  

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  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 7,562 Scope online community team
    I've not had experience of this myself @oakhill and I'm sorry to hear it's having such an impact on your son. 

    When you say you found out by accident, can I ask exactly what you mean?

    And is his GP, or perhaps another specialist, aware of the impact this is having on his mobility day to day?

    I'm sure it must be quite a stressful time for him, and if you feel we can help further, please do let us know.

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  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,614 Scope online community team
    Patella Alta (PA), is very common in ambulatory people living with CP. If left untreated it can have a huge impact on the person's gait, pain levels and overall mobility. 

    Knee supports or braces can help in the short term but it doesn't address the cause and can exacerbate PA. Surgery is an option, however, aftercare and physiotherapy are crucial to the success of the procedure and a return to previous mobility levels.

    Have you discussed a referral to an orthopaedic team with your G.P., @oakhill?
    Scope
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