Chondromalacia Patella

Definition

Articular cartilage cushions the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone) where they meet in the knee, allowing them to move freely and easily. Chondromalacia patella is a softening or wearing away of the articular cartilage on the undersurface of the patella (kneecap).
Chondromalacia of the Knee
Nucleus factsheet image
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Causes

Chondromalacia patella is caused by repetitive motion and misalignment of the kneecap.This can occur due to:
  • Birth defect in knee alignment
  • Weak quadriceps
  • Muscle strength imbalance between the inside and outside of the thigh
  • Direct trauma

Risk Factors

Chondromalacia patella is more common in adolescence and young adulthood. Other factors that increase your risk of chondromalacia patella include:
  • Participation in activities like running, skiing, cycling, or soccer that put repeated pressure on the patellofemoral joint
  • Knock-knee abnormality of the leg

Symptoms

Symptoms may include
  • Acute or chronic knee pain that worsens slowly over time
  • A popping or cracking sound as the knee is flexed and extended
  • Increased pain when climbing stairs, squatting, kneeling, or running
  • Pain and stiffness in the knee after it is flexed for a long period of time

Diagnosis

You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Your knee may need to be viewed. This can be done with:

leave comments
0
Did you like this? Share with your family and friends.
Related Topics:
Current Research From Top Journals


Early Peanut Consumption Associated with Lower Risk of Peanut Allergy in High Risk Children
March 2015

Many medical groups felt that early exposure to certain foods like peanuts increased a child's risk of developing food allergies. However, newer research including this trial suggest that early exposure may actually decrease the risk of developing food allergies.

dot separator
previous editions

Breastfeeding May Decrease the Risk of Childhood Obesity
February 2015

Tonsillectomy May Reduce Number of Sore Throat Days in Children
February 2015

Research Review Finds Little Support for Nearly Half of Medical Talk Show Recommendations
January 2015

dashed separator

Advertisement

Our Free Newsletter
click here to see all of our uplifting newsletters »

 

Advertisement

Advertisement

DiggDeliciousNewsvineRedditStumbleTechnoratiFacebook