Can your knee lock if chondromalacia?

Chondromalacia. Yes if the surface is irregular from the chondromalacia then your knee can lock up.
NO! Imo, the knee only lock if piece of tissue gets trapped in the joint. Stiffness is very common and due to tense tight muscle caused by trigger points in the muscles.
Yes. Locking and catching with sharp pain can be associated with chondromalacia or cartilage defects. These typically stabilize over many months to a level that can be tolaterated. Alternatives include injections and surgery. Depending on size, various procedures may be offered.

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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.?

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...

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...
Might be a prob. Treatment consists of activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory meds and therapy aimed at flexibility and strengthening, especially of your core. Dancing may cause symptoms to worsen. Try above and slowly introduce dancing. If symptoms worsen, then refrain a bit longer. Read more...

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...

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...
Anterior knee pain. Knee "noise" does not correlate with knee pathology. Chondromalacia means cartilage softening and is thus a surgical diagnosis not a clinical diagnosis. Obtain a current diagnosis of your anterior knee pain to plan treatment . Read more...

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...

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...
Knee chondromalacia. This is part of spectrum of knee issues which is very hard to totally cure. It has to do with the bodies inability to repair the injured or damaged tissue ( hyaline cartilage) with new heathy cartilage. As a result it becomes part of an ongoing process of further damage and hence pain and swelling . MostLY ONE CAN IMPROVE THINGS BY FOLLOWING "RICE". A VIRTUAL CONSULT MAY ALSO HELP . Read more...

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...