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Dr. Corey Clay
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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


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Just had scope of knee and loose body removal. Note of lateral femoral condyle grade 4 chondromalacia on post op report. What is the next step?

Just had scope of knee and loose body removal. Note of lateral femoral condyle grade 4 chondromalacia on post op report. What is the next step?

Let me explain: When you have grade 4 chodromalacia, it is a bad sign that joint is going to cause more problems.
Several options
1-abrasion and microfracture surgery.
2-laser-assisted treatments.
3-autologous matrix-induced chondrogenesis.
4-autologous chondrocyte implantation.
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Small meniscal root tear, high grade chondral fissuring partial thickness on the medial femoral condyle, grade 4 chondromalacia patella is this bad?

Small meniscal root tear, high grade chondral fissuring partial thickness on the medial femoral condyle, grade 4 chondromalacia patella is this bad?

Try conservative rx: Seems like most of the damage is under the patella. If you have locking you might need arthroscopy, I would first try terminal extension excercises training the quads without putting much pressure on the patella. In addition research has shown that Asperin could help the surface cartilage heal. In addition, MSM (Puritan Pride) could be helpful as a nutraceutical supplement. ...Read more

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Moderate joint diffusion. Minor chondromalacia and medial femoral condyle. Some pericruciate synovitis about the ACL but no signs of a tear?

Moderate joint diffusion. Minor chondromalacia and medial femoral condyle. Some pericruciate synovitis about the ACL but no signs of a tear?

Joint fluid analysis: One thing that would be helpful here is to know the joint fluid analysis. The data suggest this is mechanical, but the joint fluid can help decide if it is mechanical or inflammatory. At your age we have to keep the differential diagnosis open you need to see a rheumatologist to see if there's any other evidence of a systemic arthropathy. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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What is chondromalacia medial femoral condyle and chondromalacia patella? My MRI of the left knee result. Is this serious? What is the treatment?

What is chondromalacia medial femoral condyle and chondromalacia patella? My MRI of the left knee result. Is this serious? What is the treatment?

Difficult: Chondromalacia means damaged cartilage, usually from abnormal wear and tear. There is no full cure. Damaged skin leaves a scar and same on inside of body. Physical therapy and long term home therapy and avoiding aggravating activities are appropriate. Finding any aggravating or precipitating musculoskeletal imbalances is appropriate. Surgery is last choice when all fails and intractable pain. ...Read more

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My MRI results say chondromalacia involving the medial femoral condyle as well as the central trochlear groove also joint effusion what does this mean?

My MRI results say chondromalacia involving the medial femoral condyle as well as the central trochlear groove also joint effusion what does this mean?

Cartilage injury: Chondromalacia is damage to the cartilage surfaces of joints. In the knee it's similar to the wearing away of tire treads. This can cause inflammation which can produce increased fluid in the knee (effusion). If you have minimal pain and no locking, strengthening your thigh and leg muscles is recommended. Icing and anti inflammatories and pt can be helpful. Arthroscopy is recommended with locking. ...Read more

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MRI: flattening of inner aspect femoral condyle consistent with history of OCD of knee. Grade 3 chondromalcia of medial femoral condyle. Prognosis?

MRI: flattening of inner aspect femoral condyle consistent with history of OCD of knee. Grade 3 chondromalcia of medial femoral condyle. Prognosis?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon further information. You basically have lost the cartilage on the medial femoral condyle, the treatment and prognosis in part would be based upon the size of the area and whether there is any malalignment of the knee itself among other factors. Don't hesitate to discuss the specifics of your case with a specialist. ...Read more

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Mri says partial tear of anterior, posterior cruciate ligament, grade3 chondromalacia, subchondral cysts in medial tibial condyle, is operatn right thng?

Mri says partial tear of anterior, posterior cruciate ligament, grade3 chondromalacia, subchondral cysts in medial tibial condyle, is operatn right thng?

See good knee...: This is purely an MRI reading of your knee.'partial' acl and PCL tears in your age group means very little to me unless you had a very significant, recent knee injury w/ a hemarthrosis. (which u don't have).'chondromalacia' (of what. Mfc, lfc, patella?) means you have a component of arthritis in your knee. See a qualified, respected knee surgeon to discuss your options. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Knee pain took an MRI result says medial femoral chondromalacia osteophyte formation irregular denudation of articular cartilage what is d treatment?

Knee pain took an MRI result says medial femoral chondromalacia osteophyte formation irregular denudation of articular cartilage what is d treatment?

This means arthritis: This means some degree of degenerative arthritis

various options are available but none will cure the problem

discuss with an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for painful chondromalacia the size of a quarter in the central third of the weightbearing portion of the distal femur?

There may be a few..: Treatment may rage from non-operative options to cartilage replacement/restoration procedures. Please see an orthopaedic surgeon in your area. One can be found at aaos. Org. ...Read more

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What is petellar tendon lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome and how is it treated?

What is petellar tendon lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome and how is it treated?

Hoffa's syndrome: Due to trauma or altered biomechanics or wear and tear inflammation, the anterior fat pad of your knee gets pinched between the femoral condyle and the kneecap. Treatment is usually conservative at first (rest, ice, nsaids, pt), but sometimes surgery is done when conservative treatment fails. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery time from a trebecular fx of the lateral femoral condyle? Also what is the rehab period and what does it entail?

What is the typical recovery time from a trebecular fx of the lateral femoral condyle? Also what is the rehab period and what does it entail?

Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, surgery or no surgery, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. ...Read more

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What does patellar tendon-lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome mean?

What does patellar tendon-lateral femoral condyle friction syndrome mean?

Friction: This refers to friction between your patellar tendon (the part just under your kneecap), and the end of your femur. Misalignment of the patella can be a cause, which is why physical therapy can be very effective, to restore better patellar tracking. Other treatment options include injections, nsaids (i.e. Ibuprofen, aleve), and surgery. ...Read more

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What does slight lateral positioning of the patella and shallow trochlear groove with min. Anterior lateral femoral condyle ridge reactive change mean?

What does slight lateral positioning of the patella and shallow trochlear groove with min. Anterior lateral femoral condyle ridge reactive change mean?

Common MRI: It means that your kneecap sits slightly off to the side on the end of the thigh bone (trochlea) @ 90degrees of bend. (flexion), and your 'groove' (trochlea) is slightly shallow on your femur. Very common radiologic ' diagnosis', seen most commonly in patients w/ 'mild' patellar instability or ' kneecap' pain. See your ORS for significance. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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My MRI results for left kneew reveals: mild thinning of the cartilage along the lateral femoral condyle with out full thickness defect or underlying reactive change. There is mild to moderate thinning of the medial compartment cartilage w/out full thickn

My MRI results for left kneew reveals: mild thinning of the cartilage along the lateral femoral condyle with out full thickness defect or underlying reactive change. There is mild to moderate thinning of the medial compartment cartilage w/out full thickn

You: You have several reasons for pain based on this report. Where is your pain? Along the inside, front, or back of the knee. Based on the fact that there is mild to moderate thinning of the articular (joint surface) cartilage in the medial (inside) compartment, I assume your partial menisectomy in 2000 was on the inside (medial) aspect of your knee. If that is the case, you have done very well for the past 12 years considering that you are a runner only to have mild thinning! Grading of arthritis in an MRI (where most likely you were laying down) is sometimes a little artificial so it is a little hard to tell how bad it really is. You definitely have thinnning, and it is probably a little more advanced in the medial (inside) compartment than for age, although basing this on a report is very subjective. The baker's cyst is located in the back of the knee, so if your pain is in the back, then this is the most likely the culprit. That being said, the baker cyst is a direct result of the joint being irritated, either from the medial meniscus tear or arthritis. Pain from the current meniscus tear should be along the inside of the knee, and it may be associated with instability, locking or catching. Based on this report, you should see a sports medicine professional to discuss your options. Good luck! . ...Read more

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I had chondroplasty of the medial femoral condyle and the lateral tibial plateau. What does this mean? I did a squat and think I tore my meniscus

I had chondroplasty of the medial femoral condyle and the lateral tibial plateau. What does this mean? I did a squat and think I tore my meniscus

See below: "Plasty" means to fix and "chondro" means cartilage. In a typical abrasion chondroplasty, the area of abnormal cartilage is blurred away down to a bleeding bone surface with the hopes that the subsequent vascular response will stimulate cartilage regrowth. Results are extremely varied. ...Read more

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I am 60 years old and osteonecrosis of the knee the lateral femoral condyle been battling with pain is there any cure? With electrical stimulation

I am 60 years old and osteonecrosis of the knee the lateral femoral condyle been battling with pain is there any cure? With electrical stimulation

Yes according to: Mayo clinic, electrical stimulation. Electrical currents may encourage your body to grow new bone to replace the area damaged by avascular necrosis. Electrical stimulation can be used during surgery and applied directly to the damaged area. Or it can be administered through electrodes attached to your skin. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Sabb
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Chondromalacia Patella (Definition)

A condition of pain in the knee. It is thought to be due to damage to the cartilage on the ...Read more