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Chondromalacia Patellae

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Patellofemoral syndrome, Runner's knee



  • Chondromalacia patellae is a softening of the cartilage in the posterior part of the patella.  The posterior patella articulates (forms a joint) with the femur (thighbone).
  • Abnormal compression of the posterior patella against the femur probably results in inflammation, leading to abnormal cartilage wear.
  • If the patella is not centered properly, it strikes the femur abnormally, possibly increasing cartilage wear.

  • Pain and aching of the affected knee, especially when negotiating stairs or when running

  • Injury
  • Overuse of the knee

  • The affected posterior cartilage cannot be seen on plain X-ray but can be seen on MRI scan.
  • Lateral or medial deviation of the patella, seen on plain films, is an indication that this condition may be present.

  • Runners
  • This condition occurs in men, but is more likely in young women and teenage women.

  • Rest or limiting those weight-bearing activities that worsen the knee pain
  • Physical therapy with graded exercises to strengthen the muscles about the knee
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Bracing, in selected cases
  • Surgery, in selected cases

  • Continued knee pain and limitation of knee function
  • Effusion of the knee joint

  • Consult a physician

  • Other causes of knee pain




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