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A 16-year-old female asked:

chrondromalacia has been acting up lately. its very achy now n popping. should i wear my brace with the hole or the sleeve?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
If it helps...: Chondromalacia of the patella can ' flare up' as you know and cause pain esp.W/ stair climbing , prolonged sitting w/ knees bent and athletic activities. I would try taking a NSAID ( ibuprofen), keep your quads strong isometrically( quad sets, slr's) and avoid aggravating your kneecap. If your kneecap pain is also associated w/ instability use brace in addition to quads work. Gl!
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Chondromalacia: Open hole is better than sleeve. Make sure you are doing adequate vmo and stretching exercises. Check for any locking also.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
May help: If you are talking about your knee cap, then a brace may help. The best treatment is therapy for lower extremity and core strengthening.

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