Chondromalacia Patella

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Definition

Chondromalacia patella is a condition indicating damage to the cartilage under the kneecap. It is also referred to as patellofemoral pain.

Diagnosis

The patient may be asked to move the knee such as by walking or jumping to gauge the knee's strength and alignment. Tenderness may be detected or a grinding sensation may be felt below the kneecap when extending the knee. X-rays or other imaging tests are recommended to determine the cause of knee pain. Severe symptoms may lead to arthroscopy, a minor surgical procedure, to confirm the diagnosis and help treat the condition.

Treatment

The condition may be treated through rest and use of ice. Physical therapy that supports the knee may be recommended for a speedy recovery. Such therapy may include electrical stimulation for muscle strengthening, knee braces, or arch supports. However, if these simple treatments are not effective, surgery such as arthroscopy or realignment may be recommended.

Symptoms and Signs

Individuals suffering from the condition feel an increasing pain in the knees you walking up or down a flight of stairs. They may also feel pain when kneeling or squatting. A grating or grinding sensation is felt when extending the knee.

Causes

The condition in adolescents and young adults is usually caused by overuse or injury. An unusual alignment of the kneecap may sometimes be responsible. Older adults suffering from chondromalacia patella may relate their condition to knee joint arthritis that causes the loss of normal shock-absorbing ability of the cartilage. A person's weak thigh muscles or flat feet may also contribute to the pain.

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