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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. Tim Conrad
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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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An ortho recently diagnosed me with chondromalacia. Other than doing pt and wearing a knee brace, is there anything else I can do?

An ortho recently diagnosed me with chondromalacia. Other than doing pt and wearing a knee brace, is there anything else I can do?

Chondromalacia: I assume this is noted on the surfaces of the boned in the knee. Medication may be an option but this depends on how bad your symptoms are. You may want to consider Stem Cell injections as an option - do a search on Google ...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? I'm only 21

What are the surgical & nonsurgical treatments for chondromalacia patella? Will these treatments stop my knees from cracking so loud/often? I'm 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

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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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I have grade 2 chondromalacia patella and grade 3 of the trochlear groove, confirmed via arthroscopy. Does this qualify me for knee replacement?

I have grade 2 chondromalacia patella and grade 3 of the trochlear groove, confirmed via arthroscopy. Does this qualify me for knee replacement?

No: Surgical replacement of the knee is the last resort. Regular exercise to decrease and maintain weight and to improve joint strength : swimming, water aerobics/ walking; bike riding. Use water weights for weight training and muscle building. Talk with your Orthopedic doctor about injections ...Read more

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What is chondromalacia patella? Can it lead to permanent knee problems in the knee, esp if combined with previous knee trauma (med col strain/sprain)?

What is chondromalacia patella? Can it lead to permanent knee problems in the knee, esp if combined with previous knee trauma (med col strain/sprain)?

Cartilage breakdown: Chondro (cartilage) -malacia (abnormal softening of tissue) is a common finding in adult knees resulting from an acute single injury or more likely from a accumulation of damage from an overuse injury. An MCL sprain can coexist in the same knee as chondromalacia of the knee cap (patella), but the presence of both does not necessarily bode more poorly for the functional outcome of the knee. ...Read more

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MRI Diagnosis of Horizontal undersurface tear posterior horn medial meniscus and Grade II Chondromalacia patella with trace knee effusion. Surgery?

MRI Diagnosis of Horizontal undersurface tear posterior horn medial meniscus and Grade II Chondromalacia patella with trace knee effusion. Surgery?

Obviously you have -: -symptoms, so if the trouble is locking, giving way, the findings indicate a mechanical problem in the knee. You need to follow the advice of your orthopedic surgeon who is familiar with your case, especially if you have treated with him/her for a while. The surgery is only driven by your symptoms. The thing to remember is there is no orth prob so severe that it can't be made worse by surgery. ...Read more

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Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella, knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear. Mcland lcl strain.?

Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella, knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear. Mcland lcl strain.?

Conservative Rx: Depends upon your primary complaint and whether there was a mechanism of injury. Chondromalacia (i.e.Cartilage wear=arthritis) is common and can cause swelling and pain. Collateral ligament strains/partial tears (mcl+lcl) should be managed well conservatively. Recommend seeing a pt for motion, strengthening, edema control. Am a fan of a stationary bike as well (nonimpact knee motion+strengthening). ...Read more

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Knee pain when going up/down a step. Pain is only located right below patella (almost at bottom tip of patella). Chondromalacia or PFS? 26 yr male.

Terminology: The terms Chondromalacia patella & patellofemoral syndrome are often interchanged. REF:http://www. Medicinenet. Com/patellofemoral_syndrome/article. Htm ...Read more

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Could knees popping out of joint, post bilateral partial knee replacements for grade 4 patella chondromalacia in feb, cause a torn meniscus?

Could knees popping out of joint, post bilateral partial knee replacements for grade 4 patella chondromalacia in feb, cause a torn meniscus?

Depends: If your kneecap is popping in and out, this is a problem with the surgery and likely will not cause a meniscus tear. But if your knee itself is subluxating/popping out (rare), this certainly could cause a meniscus tear. ...Read more

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I have chondromalacia patella with a hip labral tear on one leg. I have been in a flare for a month (both issues). Does this warrant a doctor's visit?

Yes: A rheumatologist or an Orthopedic physician should evaluate you to further determine your pain symptoms! To discuss with you further eval with MRIs and determine the best treatment, adjust your melds, adding Physical therapy, or perhaps an injection!! ...Read more

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Per l knee MRI report, what is grade 4 medial compartment chondromalacia with high-grade, full thickness condral loss? Mild patellar tendinosis?

Per l knee MRI report, what is grade 4 medial compartment chondromalacia with high-grade, full thickness condral loss? Mild patellar tendinosis?

Cartilage loss: We all lose cartilage to some degree as we age, which is the cause of arthritis. There is a spectrum from mild thinning, to complete absence. Full thickness chondral loss refers to an area where there is no cartilage. Mild patellar tendonosis refers to a mild inflammation in the patellar tendon, the tendon which connects your patella (knee cap) to your tibia (shin). ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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)

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