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Chondromalacia of knee: Everything you need to know


Chondromalacia of the knee is a condition of breakdown and softening of the cartilage (tissues) of the underside of the kneecap (patella).

In a study, out of all patients seeking medical care in the United States, 1.5% and 7.3% were diagnosed with Patellofemoral pain including Chondromalacia.[1]

- Teenagers, young adults, and women are more likely to be affected.
- It occurs more often in women than men.
- Pain can be acute to chronic.
- Pain increases with age and most of the cases are of age group 50–59 years.

Also called: Runners knee


The main symptom is pain in knee that may increase over time.

People may experience
Pain while climbing stairs, running, squatting, and kneeling
Tenderness in kneecap
Grinding, rubbing, or clicking sound while bending or flexing the knee


Self-Care: Healthy diet, healthy sleep, rest, ice packs, elevation, reduction in weight if overweight, knee tapping, and arch support in shoes are helpful.

Medications: Over-the-counter NSAIDs for reducing pain, and other prescribed pain relievers and medicines.

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