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Can you explain chondromalacia?

Can you explain chondromalacia?

Chondromalacia: Literally means cartilage thinning. Hyaline cartilage is a smooth, slippery tissue that covers the end of long bones where they form a joint. Chondromalacia is a precursor to osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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Can yo explain chondromalacia?

Can yo explain chondromalacia?

Cartilage damage: The cartilage under your kneecap (patella) is a natural shock absorber. Overuse, injury or other factors may lead to a condition known as chondromalacia patella — a general term indicating damage to the cartilage under your kneecap. A more accurate term for chondromalacia patella is patellofemoral pain syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure chondromalacia?

Is it possible to cure chondromalacia?

Yes: Good nutrition; quadriceps balancing exercizes; avoid bent knee exercizes. A patella tracking brace ma help relieve some kneecap pressure and let the cartilage heel. ...Read more

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What are chondromalacia and patellafemoral syndrome?

What are chondromalacia and patellafemoral syndrome?

Basically the same: 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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How do chondromalacia and patellafemoral syndrome differ?

How do chondromalacia and patellafemoral syndrome differ?

Basically the same: 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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What kind of exercise do you recommend for someone with chondromalacia?

What kind of exercise do you recommend for someone with chondromalacia?

Walk backwards: Chondromalacia is a condition of irritation to the knee cap. The vastus medialis muscle and the pes ancerinus help stabilize the knee cap in the groove. Walking backwards uses these muscles in the last 10 degrees of extension. Knee -up excercises help and negative lifting help, but 1/4 mile backwards three times a week is the best way to start. ...Read more

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Does chondromalacia take a long time to develop or can it be caused by a sudden impact?

Does chondromalacia take a long time to develop or can it be caused by a sudden impact?

It takes time: To develop and can be caused by an injury but still develops over a period of time ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chondromalacia recently and am wondering how life would be like from now on?

Diagnosed with chondromalacia recently and am wondering how life would be like from now on?

No clear answer: Chondromalacia is simply thinning of the cartilage bearing of a joint...Would assume that yours may be the knee. Anyhow, just b/c you have some worn cartilage doesn't necessarily mean you will always have symptoms. Depending on how back it is I would consider avoiding running, instead: swim/bike/elliptical. When the knee does bother you, can try an otc NSAID for short duration. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with chondromalacia recently and am wondering how life like for you if you have chondromalacia?

I was diagnosed with chondromalacia recently and am wondering how life like for you if you have chondromalacia?

Chondromalacia: Chondromalacia means that your cartilage has some degeneration. The severity of the chondromalacia is the key to your future trouble: if it is mild, you may have no issues. If it is severe, you are likely to experience joint pain and arthritic stiffness. ...Read more

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Sometimes I slack on my PT exercises for chondromalacia. It leads to a bad flare and takes longer to strengthen. What damage am I doing? How bad?

Sometimes I slack on my PT exercises for chondromalacia. It leads to a bad flare and takes longer to strengthen. What damage am I doing? How bad?

Hard to say: The severity of the chondromalacia can only be determined with an MRI or surgery. However, at your age, it's unlikely that your damage is moderate or severe. Flares of pain can mean inflammation, and not necessarily damage. You are obviously learning the importance of sticking with your rehab. A brace can help as well. If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Is it okay to perform plyometrics if I have chondromalacia?

Is it okay to perform plyometrics if I have chondromalacia?

I do not advice it: Plyometric exercises use explosive, fast-acting movements to develop muscular power and to improve overall speed. In other words, it's exercise that allows muscles to exert maximum force in the shortest amount of time possible. ...Read more

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What is stage 4 chondromalacia?

What is stage 4 chondromalacia?

Arthritis: Stage 4 choromalacia using outerbridge classification is complete loss of articular cartilage. (stages are 1-4)that means (in the knee) that u have " bone on bone" changes occurring in your knee joint. Hopefully, it's only in limited area (s).Check w/ your orthopedic surgeon about your treatment options. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is chondromalacia patellae?

What is chondromalacia patellae?

Cartilage damage: Chondromalacia patella originally referred to "softening" of the articular cartilage on the back of the kneecap; today the term describes injury to the cartilage that can range from softening to thinning to fissuring to complete breakdown (ie cartilage worn down to bone). It is not reversible, but it is treatable-a good physical therapy regimen is the mainstay. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is chondromalacia cystic changes?

What is chondromalacia cystic changes?

Advanced damage: When the damage to the cartilage (chondromalacia) underlining a bone is very significant, the bone overlying this cartilage starts to feel too much force, and starts to "suffer" as well. One of those kinds of damage are cysts that form inside the bone. ...Read more

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What are the signs chondromalacia patellae?

What are the signs chondromalacia patellae?

Pain: Chondromalacia patella 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. Pain in front of knee, under knee cap or behind knee with these activities. ...Read more

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Please help! I have chondromalacia patellae?

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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How do I know I have chondromalacia patellae?

Anterior knee pain: 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. Pain in your knee with these types of activities. Pain located in the front of your knee, under knee cap or sometime in the back of your knee. ...Read more

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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