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Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?

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In brief: Consider Surgery

Conservative management of Chondromalacia patella includes icing, taping, bracing, and exercise to stabilize your patella.
If PT with exercise and icing/taping did not help,an Orthopaedic Surgeon can evaluate you for patella alta or baja, put a camera into your knee to look for a plica, remove damaged cartilage, and give an expert opinion of your biomechanical foot/knee/patellar alignment.

In brief: Consider Surgery

Conservative management of Chondromalacia patella includes icing, taping, bracing, and exercise to stabilize your patella.
If PT with exercise and icing/taping did not help,an Orthopaedic Surgeon can evaluate you for patella alta or baja, put a camera into your knee to look for a plica, remove damaged cartilage, and give an expert opinion of your biomechanical foot/knee/patellar alignment.
Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
There have been some studies of prolotherapy as well, here is a link to a study: http://www.la-press.com/outcomes-of-prolotherapy-in-chondromalacia-patella-patients-improvemen-article-a4073
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