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Chondromalacia patella, also known as runner's knee, is a condition where the cartilage on the underside of the kneecap softens and wears away. The condition can cause severe pain and disturb everyday functioning.

What causes Chondromalacia?
  • Overuse or repetitive stress on the knee joint, commonly seen in runners and other athletes.
  • Trauma or injury to the knee.
  • Misalignment of the knee joint or abnormal knee cap tracking.
Ways to prevent Chondromalacia
  • Maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on the knees.
  • Strengthen the muscles around the knee through exercise and physical therapy.
  • Use appropriate footwear and protective gear during physical activity.
  • Warm up and stretch before physical activity.
Chondromalacia Symptoms
  • Pain and tenderness around the knee cap, especially during physical activity or prolonged sitting.
  • Swelling and stiffness in the knee.
  • A grinding or popping sensation in the knee when moving.
  • Weakness or instability in the knee.
When to see the doctor
  • If there is severe pain and swelling in the knee.
  • If the knee feels unstable or gives way.
  • If there is difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected leg.
  • If symptoms persist despite rest and home treatment.
Chondromalacia Treatment
  • Rest and avoid activities that cause pain and discomfort.
  • Ice the affected knee to reduce swelling.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Physical therapy to improve strength and flexibility in the knee.
  • In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the knee joint or repair damaged cartilage.
Chondromalacia Surgery

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can be used to diagnose and treat chondromalacia patella by removing damaged cartilage and smoothing out any rough areas.

How Dr. Kunal Patel can help

Dr. Patel specializes in sports medicine and can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. He uses the latest technology and techniques to perform minimally invasive surgeries and other procedures to treat Chondromalacia. Dr. Patel works with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan based on their medical history, lifestyle, and individual goals. With his experience and expertise, Dr. Patel can help patients achieve optimal outcomes and return to their activities as soon as possible.