Hey there, I'd been suffering from chronic knee pain for about two years (I am now 30) when I came across this site and read Healing Back Pain. After learning that chondromalacia in itself does not cause pain, the pains I had been getting throughout the day or when not sitting in a specific way immediately disappeared. Emboldened, I started doing exercise that was not physical therapy and while I was pleased to see how much I can do, knee pain or fear of it continues to prevent me from the level of physical activity I would like. Journaling and processing feelings seems to be pretty central to treatment plans for mind body syndrome, but it just doesn't really make a lot of sense to me for my situation: • I feel like I've already spent a lot of time digging into and overcoming childhood issues in recent years and thinking about it now really doesn't feel productive or relevant to me • I have always kept a journal so I feel like I'm always pretty in touch with my thoughts and feelings • I believe I have landed on the cause of the emotional turmoil associated with the onset of this pain and and really truly overcome it just in the past few months So... do I have to? Why does my knee still hurt? Is it going to magically go away eventually or is there something else I can do?