What is it?

Chondromalacia patellae, or knee pain, refers to a condition which is characterized by breakdown of the cartilage that holds the kneecap. The pain is caused due to friction of the thigh bone and the knee. It is more common in teenagers, young adults, overweight people and people who have had injuries or suffer from recurrent dislocations of the knee cap such as runners, bicyclists, and football players.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms include dull pain which is felt around the kneecap, and grinding feeling when flexing the knee.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include an MRI scan or arthroscopy.


Treatment includes rest, icing, NSAIDs and topical pain medications for pain relief, losing weight when necessary, using support devices and taping.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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