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Patellafemoral Chondromalacia

Patellofemoral chondromalacia refers to the wearing out of the cartilage on the back of the patella (kneecap).

Patellofemoral chondromalacia

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Patellofemoral Chondromalacia Treatment

Patients with patellofemoral chondromalacia describe pain walking up and down stairs, difficulty squatting or kneeling, or pain with prolonged sitting. Some people experience a grinding sensation behind the kneecap.

Treatment for this condition begins with activity modifications until a level of activity is reached where no pain is felt. Also, a physical therapy program is recommended that works on strengthening quadriceps, stretching the hamstring, and strengthening hip muscles. Some patients find a short course of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, etc.) helpful with alleviating pain.

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