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?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
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!
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.
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.
Last updated Sep 29, 2016
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