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What are the treatments for chondromalacia patella?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Many treatments: Chondromalacia ("cartilage pain") is a very common cause of knee pain. Treatments (from conservative to aggressive) include: rest, ice, elastic knee brace, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, injections, and surgery.
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Nonoperative usually: Most chondromalacia of the patella (injured cartilage) is effectively managed with nonoperative measures consisting of activity modification, rest, physical therapy and quadriceps strengthening, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, intrarticular steroid injections and viscosupplementation. At least 6 months of nonoperative treatment is attempted before offering arthroscopic surgery.
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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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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Patella femoral : Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities. Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope.
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Therapy: 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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Dr. Frederick Buechel, Jr. MD
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
Several: Commonly, stretching quads, building quads, avoiding deep knee bending exercises and stairs. Some patella braces and taping can help in some situations, injections with hyaluronic acid liquids, sometimes arthroscopy, sometimes cartilage paste grafts, sometimes patella realignment surgeries. You need a good exam and knee doctor to tell you what you need.
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What kind of treatments are available for chondromalacia patella?

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 31 years experience
Several: Resting the knee for a short period of time and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids) such as ibuprofen, changing the way you exercise, performing exercises to both strengthen and stretch the quadriceps and hamstring muscles, losing weight, special shoe inserts and support deviceaping to realign the kneecap, wearing correct running or sports shoes, surgery for pain behind the knee.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 50 years experience
Fibrillation of the : Underside of the kneecap. Basically osteoarthritis of the patella. Many causes.
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