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What are the treatments for chondromalacia patella?
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Nonoperative usually
Most chondromalacia of the patella (injured cartilage) is effectively managed with nonoperative measures consisting of activity modification, rest, physical therapy and quadriceps strengthening, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, intrarticular steroid injections and viscosupplementation.
At least 6 months of nonoperative treatment is attempted before offering arthroscopic surgery.

In brief: Nonoperative usually
Most chondromalacia of the patella (injured cartilage) is effectively managed with nonoperative measures consisting of activity modification, rest, physical therapy and quadriceps strengthening, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, intrarticular steroid injections and viscosupplementation.
At least 6 months of nonoperative treatment is attempted before offering arthroscopic surgery.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Stephen Rodrigues
I would object to any knee surgery now that I know the wisdom of Travell. I would strictly avoid steroids into the joint and viscosupplements. Giving a problems a name is just the beginning of the long road to normal. Self care if vital and being proactive in your care is too. 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!
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine
In brief: Patella femoral
Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities.
Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope.

In brief: Patella femoral
Best managed with exercise to strengthen your quads to improve tracking, and avoiding deep knee bending activities.
Also oral or topical nsaids can be of benefit, as well as a brace. Injection of cortisone or hyaluronic acid also very popular. If all else fails, then scope.
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
In brief: Many treatments
Chondromalacia ("cartilage pain") is a very common cause of knee pain.
Treatments (from conservative to aggressive) include: rest, ice, elastic knee brace, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, injections, and surgery.

In brief: Many treatments
Chondromalacia ("cartilage pain") is a very common cause of knee pain.
Treatments (from conservative to aggressive) include: rest, ice, elastic knee brace, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, injections, and surgery.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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