Chondromalacia Patella Signs Symptoms and Treatment

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Chondromalacia Patella Signs Symptoms and Treatment

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

By |2017-06-15T19:53:46+00:00June 14th, 2017|AllTuff USA First Aid|1 Comment

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  1. Akhil Arya December 26, 2017 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Chondromalacia patella is additionally called Patellofemoral disorder causes Disturbance of the ligament on the underside of the Patella. This causes knee torment and is regular in more youthful individuals and youthful competitors.

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