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How long does it take chondromalacia patellae to heal completely?

How long does it take chondromalacia patellae to heal completely?

Possibly never: Chondromalacia refers to a softening or wearing of the cartilage covering the bone of a joint. Symptoms may improve with rest, therapy, antiinflammatories, or injections, but the softening or wear typically does not improve or heal.

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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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!

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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.

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Please help! I have chondromalacia patellae?

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.

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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.

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Is chondromalacia patellae a serious condition?

Very common prob: 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. Treatment consists of activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory meds and therapy aimed at flexibility and strengthening, especially of your core. Not serious problem.

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What sort of disease is chondromalacia patellae?

Let me add: Chondromalacia of the pattella could come also from truma, could happen if ther is weak muscule that effect the patella, could also happen if you have early arthitis?

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What are the symptoms of chondromalacia patellae?

What are the symptoms of chondromalacia patellae?

Discomfort: Pain behind the knee cap which is typically worse going up and down steps, squatting, kneeling, and crawling.

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What is chondromalacia patellae and is it serious?

"Sick Cartilage": Specifically: breakdown of the cartilage on the kneecap. Can be very serious in a small number of patients.

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How much time does it take chondromalacia patellae to heal?

Never: Chondromalacia patellae is a diagnosis that is made at the time of surgery as is softening or wearing of the cartilage, we have very little to actually heal the cartilage damage but we can control the symptoms and usually make the condition pain free

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I think I have chondromalacia patellae, how can you treat it?

I think I have chondromalacia patellae, how can you treat it?

Options include: Physical therpay to strengthen the muscles around the knees, anti-inflammatories or cortisone injections. In a rare case arthroscopy is required.

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What is the definition or description of: Chondromalacia patellae?

What is the definition or description of: Chondromalacia patellae?

Chondro= cartilage -: -& mal=bad. It refers 2 damaged articular cartilage in any synovial joint, from knee 2 jaw. Classified by degrees. 1= surface damage, 2= deeper more serious damage, 2'rd is worn very thin & 4'th is bone on bone.

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Can you qualify for handicap parking for having chondromalacia patellae?

Can you qualify for handicap parking for having chondromalacia patellae?

Doubtful: While each case is unique, chondromalacia of the patella is very common. Furthermore, walking on level ground should not be too painful. For these reasons, I would be very reluctant to provide handicapped parking privileges to a patient with this issue.

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What to do if I think I have chondromalacia patellae, how can I treat it?

Rest, 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.

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I am f, 31 diagnosed with grade 2 chondromalacia patellae, how many "grades" are there possible to be had?

4 grades: There are different grading systems out there. Here's one of them 1: softening 2: fissuring less than 50% thickness 3: fissuring more than 50% thickness 4: full thickness cartilage loss with exposed bone.

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Advice for healing chondromalacia patellae?

Advice for healing chondromalacia patellae?

Ease up on knee: No soccer, stairs, squats or other stressors to the muscle down the front of the leg. Basically rest it.

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What's the best treatment for 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 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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What are the symptoms of chondromalacia patellae (cmp)?

See details: Knee pain that occurs with stairs or walking on inclines rather than walking on a level surface.

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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