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what does it mean when the mri states i have chondromalacia in the central trochlear groove

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Arthritis: These findings suggest early arthritis with cartilage wear and defects developing in two areas of the knee with fluid swelling in the knee currently. ... Read More
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Dr. Warren Strudwick
29 years experience Sports Medicine
Cartilage injury: Chondromalacia is damage to the cartilage surfaces of joints. In the knee it's similar to the wearing away of tire treads. This can cause inflammation ... Read More
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Worn cartilage: Effusion: fluid in joint. Chondromalacia is wearing down of cartilage similar to tread wear on your car tires. The 1-4 "grade" signifies to what ex ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not necessarily: So there are findings on the MRI consistent with patellafemoral instability as well as damage to the undersurface of the patella. Non operative optio ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shari Jackson
20 years experience Radiology
Several issues: Chondromalacia means you have abnormal cartilage in the inside part of your knee where the kneecap (patella) sits. Everything else means you have flu ... Read More
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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
33 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Inflammation: Sounds like various areas of inflammation and potential pain sources. This makes surgery less likely to succeed. Best to try medications and exercise ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Bailie
30 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Start with anti-inflammatory meds and rehab. An injection can help pes bursitis but not tendinitis. Have qualified surgeon look at MRI to make sure it ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michelle Huggins
31 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Surgical replacement of the knee is the last resort. Regular exercise to decrease and maintain weight and to improve joint strength : swimming, water ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vinay Pampati
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Chondromalacia: generally means cartilage wear or arthritis.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Golberg
46 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Early arthritis: arthritic changes may be from trauma, meniscus injuries or wear and tear or systemic disease
A 7-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Degenerative proces: What it MEANS as stated and what it MEANS in the context of the clinical situation may be 2 different things. Chondromalacia means degeneration of car ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Answers: Here's what each means: Chronic lateral compartment narrowing. This is a loss of some of the cartilage in the lateral side of the knee. Partial extrus ... Read More
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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: None of these problems necessarily reuire you to have surgery, but the first 2 could be improved with surgery. It depends on your degree of impairmen ... Read More
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