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Are knee braces good to help with chondromalacia patella? I don't see many people recommending them.

Are knee braces good to help with chondromalacia patella? I don't see many people recommending them.

For some: It is helpful for some people but not all. Works best in combination with other treatments, especially if there is some degree of patella maltracking or instability. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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 are the surgical & nonsurgical treatments for chondromalacia patella? Will these treatments stop my knees from cracking so loud/often? Im only 21

What are the surgical & nonsurgical treatments for chondromalacia patella? Will these treatments stop my knees from cracking so loud/often? Im only 21

Usually time: True chondromalacia is caused by irritation of the back of the kneecap against other structures of the knee. Usually pain is a main issue. If all you have is cracking, this does need need specific treatment. Surgery is not indicated for this problem altho may help some conditions that are similar. Quad strengthening is key, and tylenol/otc meds often helpful. Ice after exertion, too. ...Read more

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Why did my knees with chondromalacia patella got swollen while taking ofloxacin, i took it and i was in bed the whole day and they got swollen! weird!

Why did my knees with chondromalacia patella got swollen while taking ofloxacin, i took it and i was in bed the whole day and they got swollen! weird!

Ofloxacin? SE: This very easily could be a side effect of the antibiotic you mention. There are some reports that ligaments and tendons can be too loose while taking this medication. But, that is all I have without examining your knee. ...Read more

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Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?

Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?

Consider Surgery: Conservative management of Chondromalacia patella includes icing, taping, bracing, and exercise to stabilize your patella. If PT with exercise and icing/taping did not help,an Orthopaedic Surgeon can evaluate you for patella alta or baja, put a camera into your knee to look for a plica, remove damaged cartilage, and give an expert opinion of your biomechanical foot/knee/patellar alignment. ...Read more

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Could a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Could a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Sometimes: Patellofemoral syndrome is often successfully treated with aggressive, committed physical therapy aimed at strengthening the inside portion of your quadricep muscle. Damage of the smooth articular cartilage on the undersurface of the knee cap is called chondromalacia patella. If this damage is severe enough, then either a partial or total knee replacement may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can a knee replacement surgery help treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Can a knee replacement surgery help treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Yes,but: Knee replacement should be reserved (in my non-orthopedic) opinion for severe knee disease-not the 2 conditions you mentioned. ...Read more

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Could it happen that a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Could it happen that a knee replacement surgery treat patellofemoral syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Last resort treatmen: 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. Doubt knee replacement would be needed unless other compartments of knee also arthritic. Patellofemoral replacement as a last resort. ...Read more

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About to have 3rd knee arthroplasty, previous partial meniscectomy, & have mild chondromalacia patella. How many scopes before replacement?

About to have 3rd knee arthroplasty, previous partial meniscectomy, & have mild chondromalacia patella.  How many scopes before replacement?

Arthroscopy: There is no set amount of knee arthroscopy surgeries you can have. Eventually if the arthritis becomes to severe, the arthroscopy will not be helpful. But there is no set amount. ...Read more

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Difference B/T chondromalacia patella or OA? Knee feels sore, gets hot, swollen below the K-cap, crackling/popping noises when move. Rare pain on Kcap

Difference B/T chondromalacia patella or OA? Knee feels sore, gets hot, swollen below the K-cap, crackling/popping noises when move. Rare pain on Kcap

Noises in the knee: It is rare for a person in their 20s to have OA, most of what u describe with popping , cracking with movement as well as swelling below knee cap is from chondromalacia of the patella . You should see a knee specialist . Many times some simple things can be instituted to help ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more


Dr. Brian Sabb
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Chondromalacia Patella (Definition)

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