Chondromalacia Patella Signs Symptoms and Treatment

Chondromalacia patella is also called Patellofemoral syndrome

  • Irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the Patella. This causes knee pain and is common in younger people and young athletes.
  • Also known as runner’s knee
  • Cartilage on the underside of the Patella deteriorates and softens.
  • Common in athletic individuals and adults who have arthritis of the knee
  • Most common cause of chronic knee pain
  • Chondromalacia patella can be aggravated by activity or prolonged sitting with bent knees

Causes of Chondromalacia Patella

  • The patella is normally pulled over the end of the femur in a straight line by the quadriceps. People who have chondromalacia patella have a patella that tracks toward the lateral side of the femur. This causes the under surface of the patella to grate along the femur which causes chronic knee pain.
  • Overuse is also a common cause, running or jumping sports put repetitive stress on your knee. This can cause irritation under the kneecap.
  • Injury or trauma to the knee such as dislocation or fracture.
  • Knee surgery, in particular, the repair of the anterior cruciate ligament using your own patellar tendon as a graft, increases the risk of chondromalacia patella pain.

Symptoms of Chondromalacia Patella

  • Front knee pain that tends to be an achy pain
  • Pain when using stairs and the pain tends to be worse when going down stairs
  • Pain after a prolonged rest
  • Grating or grinding sensation when moving the leg
  • Minor swelling around the patella
  • Tenderness with any kind of pressure through the kneecap

Treatment for Chondromalacia Patella Pain

  • Damage can often heal.
  • The swelling must subside before the next step can be taken. This can be accomplished using a Super Cool Therapeutic Knee Wrap or Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Should take a break for several weeks doing activities that cause knee pain, then gradually get back to normal activities.
  • Try to avoid high impact activities and participate in low impact activities.
  • Once swelling decreases, physical therapy can begin
  • Physical therapy should focus on strengthening and increasing flexibility
  • Surgery may be necessary if recovery does not start after a few months

Diagnosing Chondromalacia Patella