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I'm a teen w/ pain under knee cap and inside my knee, what could this be?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Patellofemoral Pain

Your pain can be coming from a variety of causes, but without a distinct recognizable injury that you can recall, the most common cause is a constellation of disorders relating to the cartilage of the undersurface of the kneecap or "patella.
" often the patella doesn't track evenly in the knee causing inflammation, and softening of the cartilage. This can be diagnosed by an orthopedic specialist.

In brief: Patellofemoral Pain

Your pain can be coming from a variety of causes, but without a distinct recognizable injury that you can recall, the most common cause is a constellation of disorders relating to the cartilage of the undersurface of the kneecap or "patella.
" often the patella doesn't track evenly in the knee causing inflammation, and softening of the cartilage. This can be diagnosed by an orthopedic specialist.
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Dr. Richard Perlman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Chondromalacia?

Probably chondromalacia of the patella, a "softening" of the cartilage on the back of the kneecap.
Usually caused by abnormality of the alignment of the kneecap. You can use a strap, such as a chopat and do exercises to strengthen one part of your quad muscles but you should first get a diagnosis and then get specific instructions for exercises so that you do not make it worse.

In brief: Chondromalacia?

Probably chondromalacia of the patella, a "softening" of the cartilage on the back of the kneecap.
Usually caused by abnormality of the alignment of the kneecap. You can use a strap, such as a chopat and do exercises to strengthen one part of your quad muscles but you should first get a diagnosis and then get specific instructions for exercises so that you do not make it worse.
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