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Chondromalacia Patella (Bilateral) - Symptoms & Treatment

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Chondromalacia patellae are also known as runner’s knee, this is a condition in which the cartilage on the undersurface of both the kneecaps softens and deteriorates.
1 in 4 people in the USA has chondromalacia patellae. [1]
- Symptoms are often self-diagnosable
- Requires medical diagnosis in the form of imaging and lab tests
- Usually treatable by a healthcare professional
- Usually resolves within months
- Can affect both men and women


The cartilage under the kneecaps works as a natural shock absorber. Bilateral chondromalacia patellae develop in case there is an injury or both the knees are overused. It is common among young athletes and older people with arthritis.
Ages affected - can affect people of all ages - more common in young athletes and people with arthritis - mostly affects women


Symptoms


Self-diagnosable
Excessive pain in the knee region or cracking or grinding sensation while bending the knees
Pain may worsen after sitting at the same position for a long time or while indulging in activities that put pressure on the knees or while squatting


Treatment


Self-care
Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE) usually give relief and reduces the pain
Maintain a healthy weight, correct flat feet by using shoe inserts
Medication
Over-the-counter painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs can provide relief
Specialist
Physical therapies that focus on strengthening specific muscles, non-weight bearing exercises like swimming and aerobics, and massage
Arthroscopic surgery can also be prescribed if none of the above work. There are other surgeries to cure chondromalacia patellae as well. Talk to an mfine health expert today to know what you need.

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