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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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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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Right knee outside of knee towards lcl painful when running upstairs?

Right knee outside of knee towards lcl painful when running upstairs?

Need exam: You may have some iliotibial band tenderness and inflammation. You may also have some lateral patella issues it s difficult to tell without an exam most of these can be treated with ice, nsaids and rest. Sometimes physical therapy with modalities and stretching can be helpful. ...Read more

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Knee small effusion ,cant bend knee.

Knee small effusion ,cant bend knee.

Cannot bend knee: If you cannot bend your knee you may well have a torn meniscus. You should see an orthopedist very soon and get a good exam and probably an MRI and probably an operation. ...Read more

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Hurt at work, left knee, horizontal meniscus tear. Right knee, oblique tear medial meniscus . Do I need surgery ?

Hurt at work, left knee, horizontal meniscus tear. Right knee, oblique tear medial meniscus . Do I need surgery ?

Meniscus Tear: With that kind of specific knowledge your must have had an MRI of your knees. Without a knowledge of your symptoms and exam of your knees it is impossible to know wether you need surgery or not. The simple presence of a tear without any corresponding symptoms or exam specific to that area would not need surgery. Either would minimal or mild symptoms which resolve with rest and no surgical care ...Read more

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Dislocated knee with fractured kneecap treatment?

Dislocated knee with fractured kneecap treatment?

This depends on ...: What kind of dislocation? I would guess your knee cap slid out of position and when it came back a piece of the knee cap fractured. In this case the knee cap fracture dictates the treatment course. If the fracture is out of position you may need surgery. If it is not, bracing followed by pt can be helpful. Ultimately if knee cap is unstable you may need surgery to repair ligaments. ...Read more

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Any jumper's knee (patellar tendinitis) treatmenet?

Any jumper's knee (patellar tendinitis) treatmenet?

Inflammed tendon: Chronic inflammation of the patella tendon, commonly known as "jumper's knee"/ typical treatment options consist of rice, antiinflammatories, physical therapy, counterbrace supports, massage, injections... For more info http://drmarkgalland.Com/platelet-rich-plasma-may-have-edge-in-jumpers-knee/ rarely requires surgery. ...Read more

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Rigjt knee joint pain?

Rigjt knee joint pain?

Varies : It depends on wether or not you had an injury. With an in injury it could many things, from a knee sprain to a cartilage or ligament tear. Without an injury, it could be an infection, gout, or any number of rheumatoid like problems. Either way it sounds like you need a work up for knee pain. ...Read more

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Bilateral knee pain, arthritis?

Bilateral knee pain, arthritis?

Possibly: Bilateral knee pain is most often related to arthritis but occasionally bursitis or tendinitis can be responsible. The only way to know is to have the knees evaluated and x rays done. ...Read more

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Bursitis in hip causing quadriceps pain?

Bursitis in hip causing quadriceps pain?

Usually not: True bursitis if the hip effects the main hip tendons and flexors. Foir example great trochanter bursitis and iliopsoas bursitis. Only one head of the quadicreps goes across the hip. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee swelling on side, knee pain and knee stiffness.

I am experiencing  knee swelling on side, knee pain and knee stiffness.

Knee swelling: Per your age you seem to have degenerative arthritis. Try some ice, paracetamol or ibuprofen. If no relief, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had multiplanar mri&impresion:chondromalacia of medial trochlear cartilage.Moderate popliteal cyst with mild joint effusion.Pes anserine bursitis, prepatellar&intrapat bursitis?

I had multiplanar mri&impresion:chondromalacia of medial trochlear cartilage.Moderate popliteal cyst with mild joint effusion.Pes anserine bursitis, prepatellar&intrapat bursitis?

Several issues: Chondromalacia means you have abnormal cartilage in the inside part of your knee where the kneecap (patella) sits. Everything else means you have fluid and/or inflammation in various places around your knee. A bursa is a sac that usually only has a little bit of fluid in it but can get inflamed and be painful. Popliteal cyst = baker cyst, which is accumulation of fluid in the back of the knee. ...Read more

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What is knee tendonitis?

What is knee tendonitis?

Inflammation: Knee tendonitis usually refers to an inflammatory condition around the tendons of the knee. A common example would be a patellar tendonitis affecting the tendons of the knee cap. ...Read more

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Knee dislocation 1mth ago recent MRI says lrg joint effusion-oedema in region of medial patellar retinaculum& patellofemoral ligament-meaning how2 fix?

Knee dislocation 1mth ago recent MRI says lrg joint effusion-oedema in region of medial patellar retinaculum& patellofemoral ligament-meaning how2 fix?

? Patellar dislocate: Sounds more like a patellar dislocation. Rx varies with traumatic, 1st time, no trauma involved, also depends on ur alignment . Could b surg repair 2 realignment procedure , soft tissue or boney or both. A lot needs 2 b taken into evaluating the cause & then deciding on a rx. ...Read more

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MRI of knee shows "Oblique tear posterior horn medial meniscus, lateral patellar plica and minimal synovial knee effusion" will I need surgery? or ?

MRI of knee shows "Oblique tear posterior horn medial meniscus, lateral patellar plica and minimal synovial knee effusion" will I need surgery? or ?

Possibly: It depends on the degree of tear, how much it is effecting your daily activities and whether it responds to conservative treatment. If the plica does not get better with anti inflammatory meds you will most likely need arthroscopic surgery to remove it, although your orthopedic surgeon will be the best MD to determine that. ...Read more

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Is knee rehab enough without knee surgery for bad knee cartilage?

Is knee rehab enough without knee surgery for bad knee cartilage?

Depends: It depends on whether you are referring to articular or meniscal cartilage (there are two types within the knee). Many factors influence a recommendation on this question. Your age and degree of arthritis would need to be considered. ...Read more

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Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Some activity: You do not have to have a specific injury to cause a meniscal tear. Sometimes the meniscus can degenerate and tear from repetitive activities such as running basketball and other pseudotraumatic sports i would work a lot on strengthening and plyometrics to help prevent further problems. ...Read more

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Knee and hip pain while walking on flat surfaces. Mri showed tendon swelling behind knee cap. I am also flat footed.?

Knee and hip pain while walking on flat surfaces. Mri showed tendon swelling behind knee cap. I am also flat footed.?

Tendinitis: Patellar tendinitis may occur independently due to over activity, and it may also be aggravated by flat feet. If you are knocked kneed, having and arch support that is carefully measured may help reduce your patellar tendon symptoms. As an alternative or in conjunction a patellar strap (cho-pat) brace that is a larger version of a tennis elbow brace may help while correcting the arch issue. ...Read more

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Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Yes at times: Menicus tears can be painful but some can settle down and be tolerable for years if smaller. People complain of difficulty squatting, twisting, getting up from chairs or toilets, going up and especially down stairs, sometimes sleeping and turning in bed hurts or touching your knees together in bed hurts. Injections of cortisone can give temporary relief, arthroscopy and menisectomy is the fix. ...Read more

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Patella dislocation meniscus extruded past tibia. Swelling- large effusion mrii. Knee gave out while walking. Need for surgery? Pops clicks

Patella dislocation meniscus extruded past tibia. Swelling- large effusion mrii. Knee gave out while walking. Need for surgery? Pops clicks

Depends: Your need for surgery will depend on the stability and/or damage under your knee cap. If this is your first patella dislocation vs the latest ofmor, that could change things as well. The effusion or fluid in the knee is just a symptom of the dislocation. Its really the patella that needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Feeling discomfort, pain on right knee when sitting. Already done an arthoscopy and found chondromalacia on the other knee ( left)?

Knee pain etiologies: There are multiple origins for knee pain. If you've already been diagnosed with chrondromalacia patella in one limb, that would be a likely possibility for the other (softening of the cartilage) can signal blood flow changes to the subchondral bone plate under the cartilage and future fibrillation and destruction. You also need to rule out plica syndrome and sciatica. Seek an MRI of the extremity. ...Read more

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Can your knee lock if chondromalacia?

Can your knee lock if chondromalacia?

Chondromalacia: Yes if the surface is irregular from the chondromalacia then your knee can lock up. ...Read more

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I have chondromalacia patellae(bad knees) can I do dancing?

I have chondromalacia patellae(bad knees) can I do dancing?

Yes, but do some PT: You would benefit from physical therapy to optimize strength/endurance/flexibility/coordination in your lower extremities and core; taping or bracing may help for more strenuous activity; see a sports med/knee specialist for specific recs re how to stay active and keep your knees pain free; make your rehab exercises part of your regular exercise routine and you should be able to go dancing. ...Read more

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I have extreme knee pain and discomfort, was diagnosed with chondromalacia (bad chondra) and I'm in so much pain I don't no what to do. I'm only 17?

I have extreme knee pain and discomfort, was diagnosed with chondromalacia (bad chondra) and I'm in so much pain I don't no what to do. I'm only 17?

Eval needed: At 17, you may not have chondomalasia, but other pain conditions around the knee. X rays and a hands on eval by orthopedics or physical medicine doc is needed for correct diagnosis, and treatment plan. Topical anti inflammatory agents can help test symptom, but eval is still needed! ...Read more

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Chondromalacia but xrays lookfine.Why does the crepitus in my knees sound so bad still? I want a normal life without worrying my knees will get worse.

Chondromalacia but xrays lookfine.Why does the crepitus in my knees sound so bad still? I want a normal life without worrying my knees will get worse.

Quadriceps exercises: X-rays do not show everything, an evaluation, mri, might help clarify. Straighten your quadriceps muscles is your best therapy. ...Read more

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My P.T. said chondromalacia can cause knee giving way feeling, happens sometimes. When do I know its safe to wear heels? Will I ever be able to wear?

My P.T. said chondromalacia can cause knee giving way feeling, happens sometimes. 
When do I know its safe to wear heels? Will I ever be able to wear?

When less pain: Wear heels when your knee has been minimally painful for several consecutive weeks and it feels stable (no giving out or buckling). Consider shoes with smaller heels and possibly more of a wedge instead of true "high heel." Also, wear heels in short segments and when you don't have to stand or walk for prolonged periods of time, especially on uneven surfaces. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with chondromalacia. My knees pop when i bend them, so I am afraid to exercise. If they pop does that mean i need surgery? I have pt nextweek

Diagnosed with chondromalacia. My knees pop when i bend them, so I am afraid to exercise. If they pop does that mean i need surgery? I have pt nextweek

No surgery: Popping ang grinding sensations are common and surgery may not be effective. Best to focus on therapy targeting hamstring flexibility, core strength and balance, and quad strength in a non painful range. ...Read more

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Would chondromalacia cause me to have pain in my knee area everyday?

Would chondromalacia cause me to have pain in my knee area everyday?

It certainly could!: Chondromalacia patella is one of the more common causes I see in my clinic for knee pain. At first the pain is usually sporadic, (worse with pressure on the kneecap and bending the knee) but eventually it can cause pain everyday! ...Read more

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If you have chondromalacia in one knee, does it effect the other?

If you have chondromalacia in one knee, does it effect the other?

No: Chondromalcia can be in one or both knees. Just because you have chondromalacia in one knee does not mean you have it in the other knee. If you have pain in both knees, you may have it. If the knees are painful, you need a MRI scan of the knee and possibly knee arthroscopy. ...Read more

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I have chondromalacia and fell and hit the outside of my knee on Christmas it still hurts all over the front of my knee .what should I do?

I have chondromalacia and fell and hit the outside of my knee on Christmas it still hurts all over the front of my knee .what should I do?

Chondral injury: Falling on your knee can produce a tear of the cartilage or a bruise of the knee cap (patella). If you have chondromalacia, it is even easier to do this. A plain x-ray is not likely to demonstrate very much about the cartilage surface. An MRI can show the cartilage surface with high-resolution. Discuss this with your doctor to determine if imaging is necessary at this time. ...Read more

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At 14 i was diagnosed with chondromalacia and had microarthroscopic surgery. 15 years later my knees still lock often (can't hyperextend) and hurt. ?

At 14 i was diagnosed with chondromalacia and had microarthroscopic surgery. 15 years later my knees still lock often (can't hyperextend) and hurt. ?

You need to be eva--: Luated by an orthopod to get properly diagnosed. Locking is generally due to mechanical cause, like a meniscal or chondral lesion or a loose body. You most likely would need an MRI and possibly an arthroscopic evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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Actually i am suffering from knee chondromalacia, could anyone refer me the best treatment?

Actually i am suffering from knee chondromalacia, could anyone refer me the best treatment?

Let me try to help: Chondromalcia have many causes, Repetitive stress on your knee joint, such as that sustained during running or jumping sports. Poor control of your muscles. Patella-femoral pain can occur when the muscles around your hip and knee don't function well to maintain proper tracking of your kneecap. Injury. Trauma to the kneecap, you have find the to treat the condition. Good luck ...Read more

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Could u know how long it would take to recover from surgery for chondromalacia, or runners knee?

It depends.: Depends on exactly what is done. Most recoveries are 2-3 months. But there are some procedures that require 6 months for full recovery. Ask your surgeon for the specifics of his/her rehabilitation protocol. ...Read more

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I fell in feb on knees. Surgeon says it caused chondromalacia. Another surgeon reviewed notes & says it was preexisting. Who do I believe?

I fell in feb on knees. Surgeon says it caused chondromalacia. Another surgeon reviewed notes & says it was preexisting. Who do I believe?

Does it matter??: Chondromalcia of the knee or more probably the patella (knee cap) can be present with little or no symptoms. A fall can make this condition clinically painful or symptomatic. I take it that you may have some legal concerns about the fall and whether it was responsible for your symptoms after the fall. Some conditions can be present but not cause any symptoms until after an injury. ...Read more

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How should I get a lateral release for the chondromalacia in my knee?

How should I get a lateral release for the chondromalacia in my knee?

Lateral release: Lateral release is used for patellar tilt and maltracking. It is usually done arthroscopically. ...Read more

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Will I need an arthroscopy if a doctor thinks I have chondromalacia of the knee?

Will I need an arthroscopy if a doctor thinks I have chondromalacia of the knee?

No: Most patients respond well to exercise, bracing and anti-inflammatory medications. Very few eventually need surgery. ...Read more

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How can you do squats with chondromalacia (runner's knee)?

Do not squat: You can often get the workout that you need by exercising smartly. Squatting or lunging can cause significant anterior knee pain and it is not good for patients with chondromalacia. You want to focus on quadriceps strengthening exercises that are low impact and keep the arc of motion between 0 degrees (full extension) and around 90 degrees. ...Read more

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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. Brian Sabb
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Chondromalacia Patella (Definition)

A condition when a person experiences knee pain that is thought to be due to damage to the cartilage on the ...Read more