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Are degenerative cartilage and chrondromalicia the same condition?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Yes

"chondro" = cartilage and "malacia" = bad.
Thus "chondromalacia" = bad cartilage. This is a term used to describe damaged or degenerated cartilage. Although some causes of chondromalacia may not be degenerative in nature, typically these two terms are used interchangeably.

In brief: Yes

"chondro" = cartilage and "malacia" = bad.
Thus "chondromalacia" = bad cartilage. This is a term used to describe damaged or degenerated cartilage. Although some causes of chondromalacia may not be degenerative in nature, typically these two terms are used interchangeably.
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Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Oftentimes, orthopaedic surgeons will use the term "chondromalacia" to descibe damage to the cartilage under the patella (kneecap)
Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
It is only a name, and not the end of the line. It is the begin of a lot of self care and PT. Janet G. Travell, MD the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 50-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles NOT the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." Begin a self-care self/pro Massage, chiropractor, heat, Epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture!
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