A 47-year-old member asked:
can you explain chondromalacia?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Shawn Hennigan answered
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Chondromalacia: Literally means cartilage thinning. Hyaline cartilage is a smooth, slippery tissue that covers the end of long bones where they form a joint. Chondromalacia is a precursor to osteoarthritis.
Answered on Jan 30, 2019
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani answered
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Softening cartilage: Chondro means cartilage. Malacia is softening. This is used to describe softening of cartilage which is basically arthritis. There are grades of arthritis (1-4). Arthroscopic grading: 1 softening, 2 cartilage loss less than 50% thickness, 3 greater than 50% thickness and grade 4 full cartilage loss.
Answered on Apr 17, 2018
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