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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is meant by chondromalacia patella pain syndrome?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 51 years experience
Pain originate from: Patellofemoral pain syndrome is the term given to pain originating from the patellofemoral joint (i.e. The joint between the knee cap (patella) and thigh bone (femur). Patellofemoral pain syndrome is usually associated with inflammation or damage to structures of the patellofemoral joint.
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Very common prob: Chondromalacia patella (runners knee) is due to overload of the patellofemoral joint (knee cap against the end of the thigh bone). Running causes high forces in this portion of the joint. So does arising from a chair, going up/down stairs. Treatment consists of activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory meds and therapy aimed at flexibility and strengthening, especially of your core.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How to deal with patellofemoral pain syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

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Dr. Joseph Harhay
Orthopedic Surgery 46 years experience
Be patient: Exercize wizely. Wear a patella tracking brace for the activities that cause the pain. Good nutrition. Lose weight if you have too much. Strengthe the inner quad muscles preferentially.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What should I do if I have chondromalacia patella pain?

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Dr. Matthew Zwerling
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54 years experience
Gentle exercises : Chondromalacia is a softening of the cartilage between the patella (knee cap) and underlying joint. The best early treatment is to gently strengthen the quads (thigh muscle). Step up with your painful leg onto a 4" block/book and down. Repeat as many reps as comfortable and work up to doing 200/session. Then do it on a stair, which is typically 6". This is to avoid too much knee bend/strain.
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
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I would object to any knee surgery now that I know the wisdom of Travell. I would strictly avoid steroids into the joint and viscosupplements. Giving a problems a name is just the beginning of the long road to normal. Self care if vital and being proactive in your care is too. Janet G. Travell, MD the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 50-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles NOT the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." Begin a self-care self/pro Massage, chiropractor, heat, Epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture!
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