What are some good cardio workouts for someone with chondromalacia patella (patellofemoral syndrome)?

Careful. Avoid bending the knees more than 45 degrees and almost everything is ok.
Non impact exercises. Treatment consists of activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory meds and therapy aimed at flexibility and strengthening, especially of your core. Non-impact cardio: swimming, cycling, possible elliptical if tolerated. Running likely will make it hurt more.

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How to deal with patellofemoral pain syndrome or chondromalacia patella?

Be patient. Exercize wizely. Wear a patella tracking brace for the activities that cause the pain. Good nutrition. Lose weight if you have too much. Strengthe the inner quad muscles preferentially. Read more...
Therapy. 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. Read more...

I've chondromalacia patella and have been strengthening my vmos to resolve my patellofemoral pain syndrome. How long before the chondromalacia is gone?

Difficult to say. Your pain may improve w/ time, exercises , wt loss etc. But it's difficult to say if your pain or your chrondromalacia will go away completely.The natural course of"kneecap pain" is difficult to predict . It depends on your anatomy and how severe your chondromalacia is .'grade 3' or worse is unlikely to resolve. An MRI can help determine how 'worn' your patellar cartilage is. See your ors. Gl! Read more...
Months. Can take several months. Need to add a core strengthening program and stretching too. If its not responding by then, go see your orthopedist (again?). Read more...

Dr. Peter m. Ihle - clarifying earlier mess I do have patellofemoral syndrome & chondromalacia w/subluxable patella....Re pop. What procedures correct?

Try Exercise First. I'm not sure if this is a question that had already been answered or not, but you should address any foot issues ( over pronation, flat arches , etc) then use exercises to stretch lateral knee structures and strengthen the vastus medialis muscle in the quads. Physical therapy may help as well. Don't jump to surgery unless you try conservative treatments for a few months first. Read more...

Have patellofemoral syndrome & chondromalacia w/subluxable patella. During exercise patella shifted & could not walk. Later loud pop w/swelling.

A statement no? . I assume that u want to know what 2 do. C an orthopedist 4 evaluation; imaging. U have mal alignment ; there are procedures 2 correct the problem. Read more...
Chondral surface. You may have injured the chondral surface of the kneecap joint. You should see a sports medicine knee specialist, who could sort this out for you. Read more...