Chondromalacia patella is another term for runner’s knee or medial knee pain. Today it is more commonly called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It affects various parts of the knee; including the Patella (kneecap), tendon, bursa, and the tibia (shinbone). Knee pain usually starts in the interior portion of the knee and gets worse over time. Chondromalacia of the patella is more common in athletes and frequent runners but can happen to people who aren’t active as well.
Four main factors can cause Chondromalacia Patella.
- Sprain or Strain - A stretch or tear of the ligament, muscle, or tendon.
- Injury – Trauma to the affected area.
- Poor Muscle Control – Improper control of your muscles around your hip or knee.
- Congenital conditions - An individual who is born with a kneecap that is misaligned.
Symptoms of chondromalacia of the patella include:
- Pain on the interior of the knee
- Weak Muscles
- Clicking and Grinding
- Limited leg movements
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or you feel like your knee pain has increased, the immediate step to take is to see your doctor. A proper physical examination may be needed to make the proper diagnosis. To read more on diagnosing your knee pain please click here.
The best treatment plan is generally followed by R.I.C.E. RICE simply means Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate. Limit your physical activities and only perform them when absolutely necessary. Use an ice pack and rest your knee. You can also take over the counter pain medication as prescribed such as Advil, Aleve or Tylenol. To read more about rest, ice, compress & elevate please click here.
To prevent Chondromalacia Patella from happening in the first place, there are a few steps you can take.
- Eat healthy and maintain a healthy body weight for your age and height.
- Don’t ignore warning signs that your body gives you, such as a throbbing pain in your knee cap.
- Exercise on a daily basis, but don’t overdo it. Adults are recommended to exercise at least 30 minutes each day.
- Protect your knees. A knee brace might be helpful. Click here for the knee brace guide.
- Wear proper shoes. Runner’s should read running tips to prevent knee pain.
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