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What is chondromalacia patellae?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Theodore Shybut
Dr. Theodore Shybut
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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
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In brief: Knee cartilage

Chondromalacia patellae is an abnormality of the cartilage behind the patella (kneecap).
This may include thinning, irregularity, fissuring (breaks), abnormal signal (color) with or without associated bone abnormality. This is best diagnosed with mri.

In brief: Knee cartilage

Chondromalacia patellae is an abnormality of the cartilage behind the patella (kneecap).
This may include thinning, irregularity, fissuring (breaks), abnormal signal (color) with or without associated bone abnormality. This is best diagnosed with mri.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Soft cartilage

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.

In brief: Soft cartilage

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.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
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