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Dr. Brian Sabb
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Chondromalacia Patella (Overview)

A condition when a person experiences knee pain that is thought to be due to damage to the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap.


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What is chondromalacia patella ?

What is chondromalacia patella ?

Chondromalacia: Patella is literally softening of the cartilage overlying the back part of the patella/knee cap. This can include thinning, fissuring, tearing and irregularity of the cartilage. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Sabb
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Chondromalacia Patella (Overview)

A condition when a person experiences knee pain that is thought to be due to damage to the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap.


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How do I treat chondromalacia patella?

How do I treat chondromalacia patella?

Therapy: Chondromalacia patella (runners knee) is due to overload of the patellofemoral joint (knee cap against the end of the thigh bone). Running caused 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. ...Read more

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Information about chondromalacia patella?

Information about chondromalacia patella?

Very treatable 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. ...Read more

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Do you need crutches for chondromalacia patella?

Do you need crutches for chondromalacia patella?

Usually not: If the pain is extreme and the patient has trouble bearing weight, i will usually have my patient try a knee immobilizer on my my office and take it for a test drive. Usually by keeping the knee immobilized in full extension (straight), the patient can bear weight and get around. I tell my patient to wean the immobilizer as comfort allows. Ice/anti-inflammatory meds help, then therapy. ...Read more

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What is meant by chondromalacia patella pain syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have chondromalacia patella pain?

What should I do if I have chondromalacia patella pain?

Therapy: Chondromalacia patella (runners knee) is due to overload of the patellofemoral joint (knee cap against the end of the thigh bone). Running caused 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. ...Read more

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I have chondromalacia patella, what can I do to treat it?

I have chondromalacia patella, what can I do to treat it?

It depend on the : Degree of it.Treatment of patellofemoral pain often begins with simple measures. Rest your knee as much as possible. Avoid any activities that increase the pain, such as climbing stairs. It did not respond, medications, rehabilitation exercises.Supportive braces.Taping. Knee-friendly sports, surgical and other procedures. ...Read more

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What types of exercises are recommended for rehabilitating from chondromalacia patella?

Quad balance strengt: Knee cap problems are frequently related to imbalance of the quads with "overdeveloped" lateral quads and "underdeveloped" medial quads. ...Read more

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I read that there is a high success rate for chondromalacia patella, but i also notice a lot of people get a lot worse over time? Which is usually true?

I read that there is a high success rate for chondromalacia patella, but i also notice a lot of people get a lot worse over time? Which is usually true?

Patella femoral : Stubborn problem for most. 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. ...Read more

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If my dad has chondromalacia patella will i get it too?

If my dad has chondromalacia patella will i get it too?

Usually activities: 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. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for standing too long to cause chondromalacia patella?

Possible: You likely already have chondromalacia patella and the standing too long is causing an increase in your symptoms. Chondromalacia patella (runners knee) is due to overload of the patellofemoral joint (knee cap against the end of the thigh bone). Running caused high forces in this portion of the joint. So does arising from a chair, going up/down stairs. ...Read more

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Have had severe chondromalacia patella for 3+ yrs. Tried physio, stretches everything. Nothing has helped keeps getting worse. What now?

Have had severe chondromalacia patella for 3+ yrs. Tried physio, stretches everything. Nothing has helped keeps getting worse. What now?

?knee arthroscopy: Chondromalacia of the patella w/o instability is a very difficult problem to "cure" for an orthopedic surgeon.Quad strengthening/hamstring stretching u have tried.Have u had an mri?If your kneecap is maltracking on your femur and you have grade 3 chondromalacia on MRI w/crepitus on exam and lat. Retinacular 'tightness' a knee scope w chondroplasty and lateral release may help.See your ors.Gl! ...Read more

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What are the treatments for chondromalacia patella?

What are the treatments for chondromalacia patella?

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. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for Chondromalacia Patella?

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. ...Read more

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Can you rehab a chondromalacia patella with a patellar cyst?

Can you rehab a chondromalacia patella with a patellar cyst?

Chondromalacia: Yes, chondromalacia with cyst means there is some cartilage damage present. Therapy can be helpful in strengthening the quads and helping the kneecap track in its groove better. Therapy doesn't make the cyst or chondromalacia go away but can be helpful for the pain. ...Read more

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What kind of treatments are available for chondromalacia patella?

What kind of treatments are available for chondromalacia patella?

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. ...Read more

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How to deal with patellofemoral pain syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Chondromalacia (Definition)

Chondromalacia describes injury, destruction or abnormal appearance of cartilage within a joint. Chondromalacia is most commonly described in the knee (Chondromalacia Patellae) and is usually the result of irritation or inflammation in the joint that has the ...Read more


Dr. John Michalski
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