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Knee pain for decade and no particular injury or accident. mri said chondromalacia patella and medial posterior meniscus horizontal tear with mild joint fluid effusion. need diagnosis/name of disease. is it permanent? surgery recommended?

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First, you describe wear and tear "chondromalacia", and an injury to at least one meniscus. Would consult with an orthopedic surgeon. Surgery is not always the approach, as a steroid injection and a series of hyaluronic acid injections might be preferred approaches. Physical therapy definitely should be commenced.

Answered 7/13/2021

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Very young for this problem. You could have a biomechanical problem causing abnormal wear of the he joint cartilage. If you have “flat”feet or muscle imbalance or rotation at the hip can be involved.

Answered 7/14/2021

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