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Can someone explain this.. Moderate patellar chondromalacia w/ prominent cartilage fissuring in the lateral patellar facet?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Cartilage wear

Chrondromalacia means softening of the cartilage that covers the bone.
It is a form of cartilage injury or degeneration. Moderate is a grade worse than "mild", but not as significant as "severe". The lateral patellar facet is the outside and back part of the patella. Fissuring means there is a groove-like defect in the cartilage.

In brief: Cartilage wear

Chrondromalacia means softening of the cartilage that covers the bone.
It is a form of cartilage injury or degeneration. Moderate is a grade worse than "mild", but not as significant as "severe". The lateral patellar facet is the outside and back part of the patella. Fissuring means there is a groove-like defect in the cartilage.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Knee pain

Chondromalacia is one of the mot common conditions of knee pain or weakness.
It represents out of shape thigh muscles or muscles that are not in sink enough to hold the knee cap in place. This irregularity causes the knee cap to rub against the bones of the lower leg. Physical therapy or exercise that strengthens the thigh muscles equally will solve the problem. Bicycling is the most effective.

In brief: Knee pain

Chondromalacia is one of the mot common conditions of knee pain or weakness.
It represents out of shape thigh muscles or muscles that are not in sink enough to hold the knee cap in place. This irregularity causes the knee cap to rub against the bones of the lower leg. Physical therapy or exercise that strengthens the thigh muscles equally will solve the problem. Bicycling is the most effective.
Dr. Robert Killian
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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management
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In brief: Arthritis

of the Kneecap on the inside of the knee due to cartilage wear/tear. Will result in pain with walking, running, going up/down stairs.
See a orthopedic specialist to see can physical therapy/exercising/taping can strengthen the knee and decrease stress in the area, otherwise surgery may be an option. Lastly, stem cell therapy can be helpful as well. Check out Regenexx.Com

In brief: Arthritis

of the Kneecap on the inside of the knee due to cartilage wear/tear. Will result in pain with walking, running, going up/down stairs.
See a orthopedic specialist to see can physical therapy/exercising/taping can strengthen the knee and decrease stress in the area, otherwise surgery may be an option. Lastly, stem cell therapy can be helpful as well. Check out Regenexx.Com
Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Overload

Lateral facet overload.
Possibly patellar tilt. This means the cartilage in the outer half of your knee cap has moderate wear. If its just lateral, then you may have patellar tilt. I would rec an eval with an orthopedist and therapy.

In brief: Overload

Lateral facet overload.
Possibly patellar tilt. This means the cartilage in the outer half of your knee cap has moderate wear. If its just lateral, then you may have patellar tilt. I would rec an eval with an orthopedist and therapy.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
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